Slr2Moons' Fanfiction and Online Reading Recs!

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Welcome!! This is my ninth year of sharing what I consider the best good!fic, online fiction, and webcomics with you all! I continue to stumble through the wilds of online writings, all in the hopes of finding those gems I want to share with everyone.

This is a list of fics that I have personally read and recommend to others. This isn't meant to be a "best of" list, or a list of classics, it's simply the stories I have enjoyed. I love a variety of story types covering all the genres. You'll likely notice a predominance of certain fandoms, story themes, and romantic pairings, but this is a list of my own favorite stories, so of course I'm biased. :3

Fics are sorted first by fandom, then alphabetical order by title. Crossovers are given their own section in the Cs and included in their individual fandoms. I only promise to warn for mpreg, incest, BDSM, rape, loli/shouta/chan, and graphic sex, which will all be noted in red type. I rate content via NA movie rules, so G, PG, PG-13, R, NC-17. Homosexual content does NOT earn a higher rating compared to the same level of hetero in my book, so please notice the pairing information and not just go by the rating. Name order does not signify anything about the relationship. Woman first, or alphabetical if they are of the same sex or it's a threesome or more. I use "AU" for "alternate universe" as a blanket term for any fic that could not exist inside canon at the fic's beginning, be the changes extreme pirates-in-space level or a simple tweak. A work in progress is declared "stalled" if it has not been updated in a year, and "abandoned" if the author has stated they will not be continuing it or if the fic hasn't been updated in three years. More info on the Top 10%!!1! tag can be found at the very bottom of this page. ^^ New recs are added every month!!!

Shall we???


Updated November 1st, 2017!

The new recs added in this update are:

crossover for fandoms: Firefly and Supernatural
NEW!!!1! Weight and Motion by sevenfists
fandoms: Firefly and Supernatural
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Dean/Mal; R
author's summary: Doesn't exist for the entire series, so...
s2m's more descriptive summary: Dean stumbles into the cargo bay of Serenity and learns to live uncountable miles and years away from Sam. He finds companionship among the crew, and eventually realizes that even in the future, the 'verse still needs a Hunter.
length: complete at 5 fics, 43,117 words
setting: Firefly: after the film; SPN later in first season
s2m's comments: This series ignores the hows and whys of time travel and focuses on the aftermath, instead. It's good to watch Dean figure out his place on the boat. I do wish the attraction between him and Mal had been more in depth, but the glimpses and fait accompli do match the style of Firefly canon. I read this fic for character adventures, and I loved when Dean began to hunt again. Truly he is a survivor!

fandom: Harry Potter
NEW!!!1! Harry's Cousins by speculating
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: The Dursleys have never wanted Harry, so when he fortuitously stumbles across a book on Wizard Family Trees, he writes a letter, hoping to find another family to take him in, hopefully one that won't mind when he does 'freaky' stuff...
length: stalled WIP at 23 chapters, 161,746 words
setting: AU, splits from canon before book1
s2m's comments: A beautifully crafted AU! I must marvel how the author slowly shows us the Malfoy family's changing beliefs, and I love how Severus and Lupin are included in the story. It would have been so easy for the author to dissolve into Dumbledore bashing. But the author treats him fairly! An excellent read that deals with racism and prejudice, I must say.

fandom: Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries New fandom!
NEW!!!1! Series of Optical Illusions, A by Fahye
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Phryne/Jack; R
author's summary, slightly shortened: Miss Phryne Fisher sets a trap, throws a party, and reconciles her differences.
length: one-shot at 20,391 words
setting: after the tv series ends
s2m's comments: A fun case fic with a dose of romance, just like canon! :3 The fic tosses you into the middle of a case, with Phryne baiting a murderer and circling around Jack at the same time. Ahhh, such lovely UST! This one is a good read, with fabulous costume porn and a perfect ending.

fandom: Rurouni Kenshin
Top 10%!!1! NEW!!!1! Vaster Than Empires by Ayezur
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kaoru/Kenshin; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: The Western Army is defeated; the country uneasy under the hand of Tokugawa. Kaoru, whose family was on the losing side, has been sold into marriage for the sake of peace. Her new husband is a legend, a demon bound in human form, marked by his bloodlust and his bright red hair...
length: complete at 17 chapters, 163,848 words
setting: Kaoru is in her late teens
s2m's comments: Here is a beautifully written fic that truly drives home the grave situation women were so often in during historic times. With no allowed or expected existence outside her home and husband, Kaoru adapts to her role as wife while doing what she can to protect her two little sisters and her family's honor. The mostly happy ending was very satisfying, with Kenshin finding what he wanted most--a loving family and people to care for--and Kaoru becoming the clan leader and de facto head of house as she had been taught by her samurai father. A very good read! On a lighter note, this fic is written with no honorifics at all, not even the now common "sensei". Entirely in English, from the "honored husband"s to the "Lord Tokugawa"s. So odd!

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s2m's Fanfiction Recs!

Addams Family, The

Harveste Addams Series, The by kyaru-chan
read its full listing in the crossover section

Secret Feminine Cabal by fresne
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; side ship of Morticia/Gomez; PG
author's summary, shortened: She looked at the modest bonfire currently crackling away full of lingerie. "I'm not sure I quite understand the purpose of this exercise." Terri raised her right hand and shook it in a violent manner against the backdrop of the blaze. "We're throwing off the oppression of the patriarchy and taking control for women kind. Down with the Penis!" Morticia accepted the invitation of what was clearly the secret feminine cabal finally throwing aside millennium of secrecy.
length: one-shot at 1,053 words
setting: in the 60s, but having just watched the first film is enough
s2m's comments: I can't decide what I like best about this fic: Morticia's take on modern feminism, or her plans for the feminine cabal to take over the world. Or the cake! *laughs* A very fun, short read, as deathly serious Morticia joins the modern feminist movement. *wink*

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Aladdin

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
read its full listing in the crossover section

Man Who Freed Me, The by Cantare
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Phenomenal cosmic powers, itty bitty living space. A jinni's fate, unless he comes across the rarest of mortals who might set him free...
length: one-shot at 5,195 words
setting: the Disney movie
s2m's comments: It's been years since I watched Aladdin, and maybe that's why it never occurred to me that the Genie's over-the-top personality could be an act. This fic explores that idea, and shows us through Genie's POV that maybe eternity and the human fate isn't hopeless after all. ^^

Passings by ChokolatteJedi
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: The genie has had many masters in his long life
length: one-shot at 1,922 words
setting: before and during the movie
s2m's comments: This fic does what I admire most in fanfic: takes canon and spins it into something even more meaningful than the canon's creators intended...the explanations for Genie's knowledge of our pop culture, the classics references, and the Disneyfied intelligent animals. A wonderful story!

Sense of Freedom, A by Fyre
read its full listing in the crossover section

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Alien

Catch a falling star by Lizzen
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ripley/Hicks; PG-13
author's summary: Alien3 AU – Sometimes family is all you have left.
length: one-shot at 5,665 words
setting: goes AU toward the end of the 2nd movie
s2m's comments: This fic provides a satisfying resolution to the ending events of Aliens, and is a resolution I quite enjoyed. Bishop, in particular, is treated well! I like where the four of them end up, and Ripley's determination to spread the word. The author's summary is slightly misleading--this story is an alternate sequel to Aliens, not an AU of Alien 3.

Grand Hunt, A by Merfilly
read its full listing in the crossover section

Killing Elvis by David Hines (hradzka)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; R
author's summary, much shortened: Dr. Liu, Got your final report yesterday on Project LV-426. I'm amazed. Great work all around. It's been forwarded to the Chair, our friends at the Pentagon, the Defense Appropriations Committee, and DARPA. The acid-resistant armor is something that should really catch their eye. We're expecting some big grant money from this. Burke
length: one-shot at 7,962 words
setting: timeless, you just need to know the Xenomorph basics
s2m's comments: Humor in the Alien franchise! Who knew?! XD This fic is so much fun. The author uses the epistolary style to deliver a hilarious comedy that features geeky scientists, inter-office politics, bad luck, posturing, stupidity, press releases, friendships, and one unhappy Xenomorph. A fun read!

Live. Die. Save the Cat. by wildgoosery
read its full listing in the crossover section

With One Eye Open by Medie
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; none; PG
author's summary: She's still waiting, but she'll be damned if that's all she's going to do.
length: one-shot at 2,775 words
setting: After Aliens
s2m's comments: I've read alternate ending fic for this film before, but this one is my favorite. It's so...Ripley. And like the character, I read in a constant state of nerves, waiting for that stowaway face-hugger to leap out...*gulp*

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Alien Versus Predator

Grand Hunt, A by Merfilly
read its full listing in the crossover section

Reunion by Ayngelcat
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Alexa/Scar; PG-13
author's summary, slightly shortened: Activity from the non-dead queen and some deaths aboard a fishing vessel bring the Yautja back to Earth - where Scar and Lex have a chance to catch up again.
length: one-shot at 9,545 words
setting: goes AU at the end of movie1
s2m's comments: It's clear the author had a blast writing this fic, and wants the reader to have a blast, too! I think they succeeded. A fun fic, complete with Harlequin-romance style description and a healthy dose of Xenomorph. Fun! X3

Shackleton was Wrong by UrbanAmazon
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Alexa/Scar; PG-13
author's summary: Fix-it fic, of a sort. Scar is hardier than he looks, and Lex is drawn to the true 'last great journey left to man'.
length: one-shot at 4,432 words
setting: goes AU at the end of movie1
s2m's comments: This serious fic is a beautiful character study of Lex, and explores how and why she spends so much time alone on the ice, and the after-effects of the movie. It makes for an interesting contrast with the light-hearted fic above.

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All You Need is Kill/Edge of Tomorrow

Like a hand waving from a train by sirona
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none, technically, but pre-Rita/Hendricks; PG-13
author's summary: Before she was the Angel of Verdun, Rita Vrataski was just a woman trying to become the best soldier she could be.
length: one-shot at 7,233 words
setting: before canon, with original Japanese novel influence
s2m's comments: This fic creates an inspiring backstory for Rita. It builds on certain scenes from the movie very well, and I particularly liked the influence from the original prose novel that the film was based on. C: Great OCs and a fiercely determined Rita--so different from the flailing Cage in the film--is good to see. Good and painful, because we all know what will happen to Rita and everyone in the story. *sigh* Hurts so good!

Live. Die. Save the Cat. by wildgoosery
read its full listing in the crossover section

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American Gods (by Gaiman)

...And Substitute My Own by Gehayi
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Deliberately changing one god's words into the exact opposite of what they had said was an act of war, attacking the god in the present and any believers the god might have in the future. It was, in divine terms, a threat to go thermonuclear. So, of course, it could not be ignored.
length: one-shot at 3,555 words
setting: modern USA, American Gods version
s2m's comments: I've met believers in the imposter's version of things, and have been driven to complete frustration and disgust. For that reason, this fic's dealings with the imposter are so very VERY satisfying. And figuring out who the two main characters are is fun. X3

Top 10%!!1! Dust in the Wind by lyra_wing
read its full listing in the crossover section

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Avatar: The Last Airbender

Beyond the Rising Sun by justcallmefaye
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Katara/Zuko; PG
author's summary: In the end, it would be about growing up and looking back and moving on and finding out that some things only grow stronger with time.
length: complete at 16 chapters, 119,592 words
setting: set two or three years after the show
s2m's comments: Toss Korra out the window, HERE is my sequel!! Yes,the fic is Zutara, but it's also about Zuko's role as Fire Lord, the search for his missing mom, and facing down Azula and his father. Good stuff. Everyone has to work for a happy ending, but they don't all achieve it. The romance is also quite nice. *wink* (Disclaimer: my disinterest in Korra is largely due to my dislike of the main AtLA canon pairings. As you've probably noticed with my other AtLA recs. *cough*)

Dragon King's Temple, The by Kryal
read its full listing in the crossover section

Top 10%!!1! Embers by Vathara
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Adventure; mostly gen, romance is not the focus of this fic at all; PG
author's summary: Dragon's fire is not so easily extinguished; when Zuko rediscovers a lost firebending technique, shifting flames can shift the world... Follows "Theft Absolute".
length: complete at 91 chapters, 757,722 words
setting: AU that starts in early season 2
s2m's comments: This gloriously intricate AU deals with something left out of canon: culture shock. The author takes what glimpses we see of the four different peoples and histories and extrapolates it into an amazing world tapestry. Vathara's version of the world forced me to rethink quite a few of my opinions on the series. Also I never thought I'd ship anything but Zutara...but this fic? YEAH. I know who I'm rooting for! Vathara once again proves why she is one of my favorite authors. DAMN! XD

Enslaved by sharkflip
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Katara/Zuko; PG
author's summary: A triumphant war party returns with an exotic slave, a gift for the ruling house. Katara and Zuko AU
length: WIP at 36 chapters, 109,414 words
setting: AU from before the series begins
s2m's comments: Zuko is the slave for Katara, which is what pulled me in to the story. That, and how Katara decides to make use of him! *snicker* My amusement at the premise kept my interest until the story sucked me in, and now I'm wondering just how things are going to work out. I don't think the author will sell out for a happily ever after, I really don't. Oh yes, and the characters are in their mid to late 20s, which is also a welcome change from the Zutara norm.

Hide and Seek by Swiss Army Knife
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: The gaang hones their skills playing a game of Hide and Seek, during which Zuko finds that he and Sokka make a surprising effective team.
length: one-shot at 5,016 words
setting: after episode 3.12, "The Western Air Temple."
s2m's comments: Team feels, extra Zuko time, and a fun caper! I like it. ^^

Love Thy Enemy by RedNovember
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Katara/Zuko; PG-13
author's summary: [ZK AU] The mighty Fire Empire rules the entire world, after they conquered it a century ago. Now, almost a hundred years later, a tiny tribe of rebels have sent Katara, an undercover assassin, to kill the Fire Emperor Zuko.
length: complete at 20 chapters, 136,905 words
setting: reincarnation AU 100 years after an AU ending of the series
s2m's comments: This is one of those fics whose starting plot and characterization kept me reading despite some shallowness and the obvious youth of the writer. Don't think about events too much, just enjoy them--along with the occasional stroke of brilliance--for a gripping story! I am very pleased the author didn't sell out the ending. I wish she were still writing, now that she's a bit older, I'll bet her fics would be awesome!

Top 10%!!1! Tempest in a Teacup by AkaVertigo
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Comedy; Katara/Zuko; PG
author's summary: Fate puts Katara in the Fire Nation to grow up in the company of a Dragon, a prince, and a lot of good tea. AU Zutara...of a sort.
length: complete at 22 chapters, 34,018 words
setting: AU from before the series begins
s2m's comments: I loved this story for its daring use of different writing methods. The relationships between Katara, Uncle Iroh, and Zuko are well-developed and believable. This is the story that made me see the value of fanfic, so it has sentimental value as well. :)

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Avengers, The

A note about my classification within the Marvel Cinematic Universe: If a movie contains its dedicated cast only, then that is the fandom I rec it under. If a movie has Loki and Thor as characters, then it goes under the Thor section. If it has Tony joining Loki and Thor, then it goes in the Avengers section. Etc. The characters who appear in all the films--Natasha, et al--do not apply to this rule.

Being Human Series, The by Jaune_Chat
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: For reasons of his own, Loki gives Tony's AI, Jarvis, a human body. What Tony didn't expect was to find himself trying to teach humanity to someone he'd programmed with his entire life.
length: complete at 11 stories, 62,066 words
setting: after the first Avengers movie
s2m's comments: I went into this series hoping for slash, but found a wonderful gen parent/child/student/teacher/friendship fic. I am pleased! This series tells how Tony and Jarvis adapt to their new statuses very well. I quite enjoyed reading this one! Also the rest of the Avengers cast are delightfully in character, particularly Thor. Pepper/Tony has a strong presence in this fic, but since it isn't the focus of the story, I did not label it in the ship section.

To save space, I'm not writing up individual recs for each installment. Here are the direct links, in order: Being Human: Genius, Being Human: Priorities, Being Human: Home, Being Human: Experience, To Sleep, Perchance to Dream, Something Like a Father, Something Like a God, Naming of Names, Where Sea Meets Sky, Purpose, Birthday

Bulletproof by foxxcub
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Steve/Tony; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: At age fifteen, Steve Rogers had been in love with Tony Stark. By age twenty, he’d (mostly) gotten over it. And then he promptly became Tony Stark's fuck buddy.
length: one-shot at 20,544 words
setting: college AU
s2m's comments: I have a soft spot for fics where the main character ends up with someone who formerly didn't like them, and this fic sounded perfect. It also came recced by a friend who has excellent taste, and I was not disappointed!! The frustration I felt when Steve was so determined NOT to make their relationship be more than it appeared was gloriously painful--and seeing Tony react to that...WOW. And for once, I enjoyed the fluffy epilogue!! XD Beautifully done, I must salute the author for remaining true to the Steve-only POV, yet letting us know of Tony's conflict. Sweet.

Launch Your Assault by foxxcub
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Clint/Phil; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Phil Coulson was more than halfway through his six year plan, and everything was chugging along nicely. Unfortunately, he hadn’t foreseen a cocky junior Art major waltzing into his life, or his floor.
length: one-shot at 30,392 words
setting: college AU
s2m's comments: After enjoying Bulletproof so much, I was glad to see a tie-in fic, and it's just as good as the first! ^^ Again, the author handles a one-sided view of the relationship well, and you just want to smack the boys for being so stubborn. My fave part is when Phil finds the sketchbook, although the list has its moments, too. Another solid fic from this author!

Handler by copperbadge
read its full listing in the crossover section

Hug Therapy by astolat
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Loki/Thor; R dub-con, sort of
author's summary: "I am hugging you," Thor explained. "That you may know I love you, despite your madness."
length: one-shot at 4,053 words
setting: after the first Avengers film
s2m's comments: This fic is so wrong, but so hilarious! Thor's incapability of understanding modern therapy is perfect, and his determination to help his brother is endearing and face-palm inducing both. XD Rationalization, too, though I do love the idea of an Avengers vs X-Men baseball game! A delightful romp. ^^V

In-Between Places by keelywolfe
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Loki/Thor/Tony; NC-17 graphic sex, incest, sort of
author's summary: Mediator; me·di·a·tor. N. 1. One that mediates, especially one that reconciles differences between disputants. "Not that I don't appreciate the confidence," Tony said, "But I'm not actually known for my calm, rational nature."
length: one-shot at 4,885 words
setting: Sometime after the 1st film
s2m's comments: GUH. *splat* Incredibly hot and incredibly sad all at once. I think I forgot to breathe a few times! It's also delightfully IC, with some witty metaphors and phrases. C:

Loki Runway by Xparrot
read its full listing in the crossover section

Top 10%!!1! Off the Record by goddamnhella
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Loki/Tony; R
author's summary: It started with a message, a late-night visit, and a God of Mischief in Tony's bed. A story of trust, trickery, unwilling aid and inevitable attraction.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 102,088 words
setting: movie!verse, but the author began writing before the first film was actually released
s2m's comments: This fic is glorious. Neither Tony or the reader can ever be sure of Loki's motives, and it makes for an amazing story. Top-notch writing, a fantastic plot, everyone IC, and both Tony and Loki at their snarky best. HELL YEAH! *thumbs up*

oh don't you dare look back, just keep your eyes on me by suzukiblu
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Darcy/Bucky, side Darcy/Johnny Storm; NC-17 graphic sex, dub con, mpreg
author's summary, shortened: Darcy starts craving cinnamon rolls and yuuuup, yup, that is a super, super fertile omega that she is smelling, holy shit is it ever.
length: WIP at 12 chapters, 72,988 words
setting: after Cap2, before Avengers2
s2m's comments: You know I enjoy a fic that surprises me and is outside the box, and this one succeeds at both! Female alphas in an A/B/O fic! Omegas kicking ass! I do love an adventurous author. :D The fic also has loads of h/c, both physical and mental comforting, which I eat up with a spoon. Yes, this fic is out there when compared with my usual recs, but it blew me away, and I just have to share it with everyone. ^^V

she blinded me with political science by thingswithteeth
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Darcy/Bruce; R
author's summary: Darcy watched the Avengers defend New York from over two thousand miles away. She could look out her window if she wanted to watch the aftermath. She watches the news instead, and realizes one very important thing: the Avengers have a bit of a PR problem.
length: complete 10 chapters, 61,743 words
setting: begins soon after the first Thor film, goes beyond first Avengers film
s2m's comments: I read this fic in one day. It's so engrossing! Darcy's role is fun to read, and her attempts to seduce "Doctor Sexy" are very amusing. Of course, everything does not go smoothly, and Darcy makes a few mistakes here and there, but her friendships with the rest of the team (particularly Tony and Natasha) help her smooth things out. A delightful read. C:

Snow Wife, The (Yuki Onna) by startrekfanwriter
genre; ship; rating: Drama; female!Loki/MOC; PG
author's summary: Loki has a way of invading Darcy's personal space, but she doesn't get *that* vibe from him, if-you-know-what-she-means...even though he's taken to showering her with extravagant and inappropriate gifts. And what the Hell is up with Thor? A story about finding family in unlikely places.
length: complete at 7 chapters, 27,690 words
setting: after the first Avengers movie
s2m's comments: This heartwarming fic made me smile, laugh, and feel all sorts of happy warm fuzzies! I'm a sucker for found family, and this one has an interseting take on it. ^^

Time after Time by sahiya
read its full listing in the crossover section

Vertigo by dunkelgrau
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Coulson/Loki; PG
author's summary: This is the story of wiretapping, murders, mental disorders, frozen brandy, alien memories, and one grinning god. Or it isn't. Agent Coulson cannot be really sure.
length: one-shot at 3,600 words
setting: somewhere in the first Avengers movie
s2m's comments: A delightfully creepy fic! I enjoyed watching poor Coulson become more and more uncertain about his reality. It is done quite well! Loki is in fine trickster form here! No woobieness at ALL. ^^V A freaky brain-twister, all around!

Top 10%!!1! Wand and Shield by Morta's Priest
read its full listing in the crossover section

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Baccano!

Aquisition, Recognition, Affirmation by Pi (Rhea)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: When Luck buys a bar, he isn't expecting all the repercussions.
length: one-shot at 5,357 words
setting: New York City in the '30s
s2m's comments: A wonderful sense of family and friends permeates this fic, and Luck's discovery and slow realization is well-done and leaves us with a sense of hope. It's good to see how Claire and Chane's relationship might work out! And I particularly adore Miria and Isaac's cameo. :3

Nice Holystone Remains Unafraid to Throw Herself Into Explosive Situations by ryfkah
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; mostly Nice/Jacuzzi though romance isn't the point of this story; PG-13
author's summary: Here's what's what: he's definitely going to jail. They're definitely not going to Chicago. She won't stop playing with fire. She's decided to start playing games. He never knew what hit him. He should have known what hit him. It's a small underworld, after all.
length: one-shot at 13,869 words
setting: varies, as with canon. You need to have watched all 16 episodes.
s2m's comments: A fic with careful plotting, some nice allusions to real-life events, and a surprising twist to a certain earnest character. I really liked the added insight for Jacuzzi and Nice. A delightful and true addition to canon. :D

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Back to the Future

Letting the Days Go By by Nightspore
genre; ship; rating: Drama; side ship: Marty/George; PG, incest. Given the original film, I think incest is rather expected... :P
author's summary: In the new and improved 1985, Marty felt he'd been cheated out of a better life. But he had no idea how subtle and disturbing the changes he'd made really were.
length: one-shot at 3,012 words
setting: about two months after the trilogy ends
s2m's comments: As much as I love this movie, and as many times as I have seen it, the situation of this fic never occurred to me. How very interesting! The incest bit was completely unnecessary in my opinion, though it certainly adds an extra dash of "WHOA!" to the mix.
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Bakuman

Expanding Horizons by [orphan account]
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; R
author's summary: Aoki moves on to a less worksafe genre. Fukuda is not amused.
length: one-shot at 1,110 words
setting: some time after Aoki receives help with a specific aspect of her art
s2m's comments: Aoki is an eminent professional, and when she wants reference material, she will find it. One way or another! I found Aoki's interactions with Fukuda to be one of my favorite things in this manga, and imagine my delight to learn I am not alone! This fic is a hilarious gen piece featuring two friends who know each other's pros and cons quite well. Much to the reader's enjoyment. XD

Imperfect Match by thereisafire
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Aoki/Fukuda; PG-13
author's summary: Somehow, despite all odds, Fukuda and Aoki manage to go on a date. And repeat the process.
length: one-shot at 3,549 words
setting: after Fukuda helps Aoki with her drawing problem
s2m's comments: Refined Aoki and obnoxious Fukuda don't seem to match at all, but what starts in canon as professional respect turns within to friendship, and this fic takes it one step further. Aoki/Fukuda is my Bakuman OTP! The fic showcases their developing romance in a bumbling and sweet way, for no date with Fukuda would ever contain candlelight dinners and attending operas. If only they were canon!

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Batman

Iron Robin by athenemiranda
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Beauty and the Beast (1991)

Adjustments by bomper
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Belle/Beast; R, brief xeno
author's summary: When the Beast becomes human once more, Belle knows she SHOULD be happy.
length: one-shot at 1,141 words
setting: just after the movie's ending
s2m's comments: I have wondered how Belle would feel after the Beast's transformation. I mean, she fell in love with him as the Beast, and suddenly he's a regular man? How alien it must seem! This fic explores that very subject delicately, and with brief glimpses of their first time together before the transformation. Beautifully done!

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
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Man of Stature, A by TrudiRose
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; FOC/Gaston; G
author's summary: It's the story of what happens to Gaston under the Enchantress' curse.
length: complete at 17 chapters, 50,558 words
setting: goes AU near the end of the movie
s2m's comments: The summary of this fic caught my eye, because if anyone in the B&B universe needs a dose of humility, it's Gaston! I enjoyed watching how he dealt with his new appearance. His practical nature in particular made me smile. How can you meet a girl who loves you if you lock yourself away? What a good point, right? :D This fic is satisfying, with a glorious Gaston who still remains himself, even as he learns to be more considerate and less concerned with appearance. C: This fic is actually a sequel to another fic written by the same author. I'm only reccing this fic, though. The other fic is Belle/Beast where Gaston is the villain who earns being cursed. You don't need to read that one to follow A Man of Stature. ^^V

Petals by Miss_M
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: The Beast does not fare well in the solitary years before Belle arrives in his castle.
length: one-shot at 1,404 words
setting: during the film's introduction
s2m's comments: A beautiful and painful character study. It's a darker take on what the Beast's life could have been like after the transformation. Poor guy.

Picture This by TrudiRose
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Belle/Gaston; PG-13
author's summary: AU. Is it possible to write a GastonBelle pairing that's believable and in character? Or have I lost my mind? Read and find out!
length: complete at 31 chapters, 130,507 words
setting: goes AU within the first few minutes of the film
s2m's comments: I admire an author who can make a WTH pairing work, and TrudiRose does it! The journey to Belle and Gaston's love isn't easy, and that makes it all the more fun to read! Everyone stays gloriously in character, especially Gaston. *laughs* I do wish the ending weren't quite so schmoopy, but the fic is certainly enjoyable. C:

Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Bend it Like Beckham

If You Get Married in America, You Get Married in Real Life by azurish
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Jess/Jules; PG-13
author's summary: A night out on the town after a victory over the University of Nevada - Las Vegas women's football team produces some unexpected results, and that's not even counting the marriage they're going to need to get annulled.
length: one-shot at 2,844 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: An adorable and hilarious tropey romp! XD I lost it at the American Flag speedo. And just what is so weird about our bacon? Anyway, this fic is fun and sweet and made me happy. :3

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Beyblade

Heat of a Frozen Infatuation by Stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Kai/Max; PG
author's summary: Admiration, fascination, and something deeper. Max's feelings for his seemingly cold teammate are just being realized.
length: WIP at 13 chapters, 80,540 words
setting: 2nd season, I blelieve
s2m's comments: One of the most beautifully written Beyblade fics out there! Kai is not exactly an approachable guy, and to make a romance between him and the ever-bouncy Max work takes a LOT of words. This fic delivers them, beautifully. An enjoyable slow-burn romance!

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Big Hero 6

merits of race car beds, the by OrionPax
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Gogo/Hiro; R
author's summary: Baymax can activate at some awkward moments. Hiro had learned to deal with it mostly over the last 5 years. But the most awkward time for a healthcare companion to activate is when Hiro is trying to get laid.
length: one-shot at 1,458 words
setting: five years after the film
s2m's comments: This short fic is adorable and made me laugh. Thankfully, Hiro has a problem most teens can avoid! XD The fic has some comma problems, but it's definitely worth it. And particularly surprising: the fic is has an established relationship I actually liked! You guys, that is VERY rare. ^^V

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Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

Dear Aristotle by CrunchySalad
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: In a letter to Aristotle, Hephaiston documents a brief detour to Meiza, the site of his formative education. Unfortunately, what was supposed to be a peaceful few days reminiscing about old times is interrupted by two strange men the likes of which Hephaiston has never seen.
length: one-shot at 2,378 words
setting: ancient Greece
s2m's comments: The ending completely made this fic for me. A light read that let me imagine ancient Greece as more than dry words in a history text. Particularly with Bill and Ted in the mix. *laugh*

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Billy Elliot

And At The Same Time Something Makes You Whole by torakowalski
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Billy/Michael; R
author's summary: It’s weird being home. And it’s weirder still to think that home went on without him while he was gone.
length: one-shot at 7,745 words
setting: Billy's senior year at the Royal Ballet School
s2m's comments: I enjoyed Billy's characterization in this fic, how simply he realizes what sort he loves, and one person in particular. Michael is very sweet in this fic, too. D'awwww!

I'll Love These Dark Dark Hills Forever by Deepdarkwaters
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Billy/Michael, Billy/Simon; R
author's summary, very shortened: Everington. The people who keep you there, and the people who make it okay to leave.
length: one-shot at 7,661 words
setting: begins soon after Billy goes to school in London
s2m's comments: A beautiful series of vignettes that show how Billy and his friends and family change and grow over the years. I particularly admire the relationships between Billy and his two sort-of-love interests in this fic. It's good to see that not every story has to be full of desperate passion and vows of undying love. A satisfying read. ^^

Smudged Ink by andthen (ohargos)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: After Billy leaves, Michael writes to him, and over the years, they come to know each other's handwriting perfectly, their separate lives bound together by paper and ink.
length: one-shot at 6,060 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: This fic delivers a sweet story about the friendship between two children as they mature into adults. Life happens, some things change, some things don't, and friendship continues on. *happy sigh*

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Blacksad

Mood Indigo by mjules
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: You ain't never been blue, child, til you've had that mood indigo.
length: one-shot at 2,383 words
setting: sometime after chapter 2
s2m's comments: This fic blew me away. The beautiful and lyrical style paints a mental image that feels like you're reading the actual comic. The OC's time in the fic is brief but powerful, and I adore the lighter ending--and one that gives my slasher heart just a teensy bit of hope. I must applaud, this author really hit the mark!!! XD

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Bleach

Become a Ghost by HardlyFatal
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Orihime/Byakuya, side Rukia/Renji and Nemu/Ikkaku; R
author's summary: Orihime dies. Arrancar? No, appendicitis. Between the weekly pub crawls with the lieutenants, Women's Association meetings, and- oh yeah, seeing patients- Orihime builds a new life in Soul Society. But on the horizon, something looms...and she will have to sacrifice herself, yet again, to save those she loves.
length: complete at 32 chapters, 145,855 words
setting: splits from canon after the Fullbring arc, though its events are only mentioned once. If you know about the end of the Winter War (against the Arrancars), you're fine
s2m's comments: I do believe Orihime is strong and can stand on her own, and this fic shows us how she does it magnificently! The slow-build romance between her and Byakuya is carefully woven and very enjoyable. There is a plot against various villains, but it takes a back seat to the drama until the most recent chapters. A very enjoyable read!

Blue Moon by Empatheia
genre; ship; rating: Drama/Romance; Yachiru/Hitsugaya; PG
author's summary: When the world is drenched in blue, he can be forgiven for seeking refuge in other colours.
length: one-shot at 3,720 words
setting: written early in the Hueco Mundo arc
s2m's comments: I thought this fic would be pure crack, and I was pleasantly surprised to find a touching drama instead! I never thought I'd read a fic with Yachiro as a believable romantic interest. I am glad to be proven wrong. ^^

Chrysalis by vicioux
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Nemu/Ukitake; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: A butterfly can hide in a chrysalis for months in order to avoid harsh conditions. Jyuushiro Ukitake can't help but think that, after almost a century of hiding in plain sight, it's time for Nemu Kurotsuchi to emerge from her protective shell.
length: complete at 16 chapters, 86,534 words
setting: after a fanon ending to the Winter War. You need to know about all the original set of Espada
s2m's comments: This fic's pairing made me raise an eyebrow, because (to me, at least) Nemu is rather invisible in canon. This fic extends her character and makes a potentially crack pairing work. C: I ended up liking this version of Nemu, and of course I'm always fond of Juushiro. :3 A good read! This fic is part of a long AU series by this author, but I was able to follow events just fine without reading all the previous stories.

Concession by Murasaki Kaida
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; pre-Orihime/Grimmjow; PG-13
author's summary: Grimmjow's been really crabby since he got to the real world. Awkward fluff, mild romance, humour. Rated for his potty mouth, bless him
length: one-shot at 905 words
setting: you just need to know about Grimmjow in the Arrancar/Winter War arc
s2m's comments: That's my Grimmie! Rude, violent, self-centered, and irritated when he feels anything SOFT about another person. Cute, fun, and a great short read!

Dandelion Fluff by Sweet Danish Yummy
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Orihime/Ishida; PG
author's summary: Ishida is not fond of dandelions.
length: one-shot at 971 words
setting: this one is rather timeless :3
s2m's comments: Some amazing imagery in this fic. I already have a fondness for puffball-stage dandelions, and this fic only cements that for me! *shivers with delight*

Dreaming of Skies Elsewhere by Sublime Paradigm
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Ichigo/Ishida; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Three years later, caught between dreams of death and the memory of a kiss, Ishida returns to rewrite his personal history. Ichigo, however, has ideas of his own.
length: complete at 5 chapters, around 25,000 words (my guess)
setting: after the first Soul Society arc, when Uryuu leaves the main story for a while
s2m's comments: This was my first Bleach BL fic, and it set the standard high. If woobie!Ichigo or whiny uke!Uryuu gets on your nerves, you have nothing to fear from THIS fic! Whoa! Note the chapters are listed in descending order.

Hate is a Lot Like Love Except with Less Biting by peroxidepest17
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Byakuya/Kenpachi; PG-13
author's summary: Kenpachi wears on Byakuya’s patience.
length: one-shot at 2,862 words
setting: before canon starts, you just need to know the original set of captains and assistant captains
s2m's comments: Crack!fic can be so much fun in the hands of skilled writer! I love how long takes Byakuya to figure out that Kenpachi is hitting on him, and his reaction when he DOES realize is so adorable. :3 Yachiru's matchmaking is perfectly innocent, and Kenpachi is pure Kenpachi. A fun and light-hearted read!

Let the Music Play by Moons_Aria
genre; ship; rating: Drama; you/Grimmjow; PG
author's summary: 'No one could ever say that Hueco Mundo wasn't an exciting place and that's why you loved it.' Las Noches is the hottest club since Soul Society and we aren't just talking about the music and dancing.
length: one-shot at 3,058 words
setting: real world AU
s2m's comments: Okay, I fess up. The third time I went back to reread this one, I decided I had to admit it's my guilty pleasure. I will say no more. This girl is one of the best self-insert writers I've read. ^^;;;;;

Love and the Art of War by DarthAmmonite
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Nanao/Zaraki; PG
author's summary: Nanao X ...Zaraki? I have no excuse, explanation, or defense of this pairing whatsoever. So very, very sorry. The crack! It burns!
length: abandoned WIP at 3 chapters, 5,846 words
setting: doesn't matter, though there is one mention of "arrancar"
s2m's comments: Would that all declared "crack" fics were this good! Completely IC, amusing, and full of laughs. I want a Zaraki-made bunny! X3

Muse by Princess Kitty1
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Orihime/Ulquiorra; R, off-screen rape
author's summary: "You'll always be a whore, just like your mother." Those words had been her undoing. Now years later, amidst the brokenness of her life there came this strange man, asking for what no one else ever had: Her heart.
length: complete at 30 chapters, 157,983 words
setting: American non-shinigami AU
s2m's comments: This dark fic is a fine example of characters who, while being affected by the changes in an AU, are still themselves. Well-written, and containing an amazing array of different romantic and friendly relationships. This one can be quite dark, but that is an important part of the AU.

Not as Nice as Me by slr2moons
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Orihime/Grimmjow; PG-13
author's summary: Grimmjow can't resist the chance to see Orihime alone. The only motivation he needs is that he likes the way she reacts to him. Very much.
length: one-shot at 1,995 words
setting: the Hueco Mundo arc
s2m's comments: A character as volatile and eager to do violence as Grimmjow must feel rather conflicted towards the human who returned his status, and this fic gives us a window into how he might handle that. I also ship Orihime/Grimmjow like burning, so yeah. X3

Ouran High Ghost Club by Finite Sledgehammer
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Seven Days to Common Ground by peroxidepest17
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Kuchiki-taichou is acting weird.
length: one-shot at 3,600 words
setting: sometime during canon's original set of Gotei 13
s2m's comments: Here is a concise and enjoyable little case fic. I'd never have thought a case fic could work in less than 4k, but it DOES! XD Hats off to the author! The character interaction is great, and completely sells the start of a friendship and mutual respect between Byakuya and Zaraki. ^^

Thirteen Going on Fourteen by peroxidepest17
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31 Moments from the Gotei 13 at the Hot Springs by incandescens
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, some Drama; various; R
author's summary: 31 drabbles based on a set of prompts. The Gotei 13 at the hot springs.
length: one-shot at 3,655 words
setting: Before canon. You need to know all of the first set of Captains and Vice-Captains, and having finished the Soul Society arc will help you catch the nuances.
s2m's comments: 31 short, glorious insights into the characters of the Shinigami, given to us with plenty of laughs and a little thoughtfulness on the side. A fun read! My fave is definitely #8. *giggle*

Time and Again by Mymomomo
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Abnormality is my middle name, unfortunately. I'm the freaky white-haired kid who sees ghosts and talks to stuffed animals. The reincarnation of one of Soul Society's strongest warriors... Yeah, I wouldn't believe it either. Reincarnation had been nothing more than a theory, but it didn't even begin to explain why there was a dead Shinigami living in my head.
length: complete at 44 chapters, 224,515 words
setting: 12 years after a fanon ending to the Winter War
s2m's comments: This fic is an engrossing tale of a reincarnated Hitsugaya with no idea what's going on and a real problem with keeping his head down. But then, how would YOU react if Hollows were always after you and you had no idea why? The author wrote a truly engrossing fic, something difficult to do when so much of it takes place inside the main character's head. Told effectively in first person, this fic had me hanging on every word and rooting hard for the new Hitsugaya to persevere. Good stuff! Note the first 25 chapters or so have some SPaG problems, but they do clear up. C:

To Be a King Once More by Maugan Ra
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: [Highlight for spoilers for end of Arrancar/Winter War arc:] AU - What if, after the Winter War, it is not the Soul Reapers that restore Ichigo's powers, but Ichimaru and the surviving Espada?
length: abandoned WIP at 26 chapters, 55,119 words
setting: AU after the end of the Arrancar/Winter War arc, so no Fullbring influence at all
s2m's comments: The premise for this fic lured me in, and I was not let down. :3 Intriguing plot aside, I really like the author's interpretations of some of my favorite characters. She gives them some fascinating spins! Definitely worth a read if you are a Bleach fan.

Wasurenai by Empatheia
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Yachiru/Byakuya; G
author's summary: He always says no, but sometimes his no means maybe and sometimes it means yes.
length: one-shot at 1,746 words
setting: timeless, you just need to know who Byakuya, Yachiru, and Kenpachi are
s2m's comments: This author makes me genuinely like Yachiru, when in canon I'm rather indifferent to her character. Byakuya is much too stoic for his own good, and I like seeing him...tilted. Leave it to Yachiru to manage that! This fic is more (grudging) friendship than outright romance, though it does lay the groundwork for the latter quite well. :D

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Bone Key, The (by Monette)

No Harm Ever Came from Digging Up the Past by russian_blue
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Brave

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
read its full listing in the crossover section

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Breakfast Club, The

been down that road before by healingmirth
genre; ship; rating: Drama; pre-Brian/Bender; PG
author's summary: Scenes from a reunion
length: one-shot at 4,838 words
setting: 25 years after the club graduated
s2m's comments: I can relate to Brian's feelings about his high school reunion. (Yay for smart phones! XD) I enjoyed how the fic doesn't tread the usual reuion-story path, but bravely does its own thing. ^^ And surprised me a little, too! I like this one. :3

Fifteen Detentions by Kaneko
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bender/Brian; PG-13
author's summary: Vernon stared at him for a long moment. He turned his face up to the ceiling. "I count one- two- three-" His mouth moved silently. "Fifteen more Saturdays. Plus the one you still owe me." Bender made a noise that maybe sounded like a laugh, and felt like rage. "Whatever," he tried to say.
length: one-shot at 8,587 words
setting: the remainder of their school year
s2m's comments: This lovely IC fic shows Bender's slow maturity, even in the face of Vernon's baiting. I also like how the author worked the entire main cast of the film in, rather than just focusing on Bender and Brian.

Higher Education by Resonant
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Bender/Brian; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: John Bender gets a life.
length: one-shot at 14,368
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: I like watching Bender mature in this fic, and his interactions with his co-workers are amusing. It's good to see a confident adult Brian, too. ^^

Most Likely To by Kaneko
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bender/Brian; R
author's summary: If there had been gossip after the reunion, Brian's life might have looked something like this.
length: one-shot at 8,076 words
setting: starting at their 10 year high school reunion
s2m's comments: A sad fic that shows things don't always go well, but maybe you really can end up with your high school crush. *sniffles*

Supper Club, The by Kaneko
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Andrew/Bender; R
author's summary: In school years, which were kind of like dog years, Andy and Allison still only lasted about five minutes.
length: one-shot at 3,837
setting: about 18 years after graduation
s2m's comments: This fic has a different take on the post-canon Breakfast Club fic norm. I like how Bender, of all people, is the one who helps Andrew recover his self-worth and independence. Even injured jocks can turn out all right. C: A grim fic that delivers a dose of reality and a hopeful ending. Yay, Andrew and Bender!

Turn a New Page, Tear the Old One Out by shrift
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bender/Brian; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: People in Shermer had made up their minds about who John Bender was years ago. All John needed was the chance to prove them wrong.
length: one-shot at 8,057 words
setting: begins post-film
s2m's comments: A new take on the main ship for Breakfast Club! I love that fandom often writes Bender becoming a successful adult, and this fic once again comes through. I would have liked more detail about Bender's life in the Army, but the fic is very enjoyable as-is. The final line of dialogue made me tear up, I admit it! T.T

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Breaking Bad

Occupational Hazards by VillaKulla
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Jesse/Walter; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Jesse feels ridiculous for feeling so uncertain about the future. And it's a bizarre realization...but sometimes it seems like Mr. White is just about the only thing in his universe that Jesse CAN rely on. But even Jesse couldn't have anticipated just how much.
length: one-shot at 10,019 words
setting: season5 ep3 "Hazard Pay"
s2m's comments: I can see canon taking this route, if they dared. Both men are IC and believable, and the fic reads like a missing scene and alternate POV. What starts as Walt's concern for a panicked Jessie turns into more, and then ultimately follow's canon's guidebook for how stuff ends up. Yep. Powerful and tragic read.

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Buffy the Vampire Slayer

Cuddly Predators by EntreNous
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Spike/Xander; PG-13
author's summary: Xander gets a kitten, and suddenly Spike seems to have a lot more interest in him.
length: complete at 14 chapters, 24,323 words
setting: season 5, I think
s2m's comments: Pack a toothbrush and some insulin, because the fluff is strong in this one. Adorably cute, with several fun turn of phrases and one killer napping kitten scene. :3 D'awwww!

Giles Thing, The by drsquidlove
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Giles/Xander; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Xander meets the teenaged Ripper, and his relationship with Rupert Giles will never be the same again. This is kind of an ode to that look Xander gets in his eye when his life is imploding.
length: complete at 8 chapters, 126,705 words
setting: starts halfway through season 4
s2m's comments: I first encountered hints of Giles/Xander in one of my other Buffy fic recs, and I rather liked the idea. I was very pleased to happen across this fic, which does my vague impressions of "that would be kind of awesome..." justice. X3 Xander's slow maturity is shown well, and Giles is revealed to be an amazing, complex man. The author made an unfortunate choice of page design, so if you have an LJ account, I suggest you use the "view in my style" option. The fic is completely worth the effort!

In From the Cold by reremouse and savoytruffle
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Spike/Xander, William/Xander; NC-17, graphic sex, as close to incest as you can get without actually doing it
author's summary, slightly shortened: All human AU set in a nameless big city. Twenty-year-old Xander Harris has been on his own for years. He lives in a one bedroom apartment which isn't much, but it's his. He befriends a homeless Englishman named William who comes with unexpected complications - named Spike. Xander's life is about to get more complicated than he ever expected.
length: complete at 29 chapters, 60,710 words
setting: all human AU, set in the early 00s
s2m's comments: It's difficult for me to figure out why I liked this fic. Yes, it's well-written with a minimum of typos, the characters are indeed IC, the plot is engaging...all stuff I need to enjoy a fic. The story takes a couple turns that you'd never expect...and I have to admit, the pretty boy imagery is quite fetching. Or maybe it's just the in-fic snuggling. For whatever reasons, I quite enjoyed this one and hope you will feel the same! :D

It's About Time by Carrie
read its full listing under its prequel, Take Your Time.

Lamest Spell, The by Nomelon
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Spike/Xander; NC-17, graphic sex and dub-con
author's summary: The lamest spell in the history of Sunnydale is cast on Spike. Xander gets caught in the crossfire.
length: one-shot at 9,649 words
setting: vaguely season 4
s2m's comments: An amusing and toe-curling one-shot. How gloriously in-character for Spike! Haha! ^^ I now have a small Spike/Xander collection, much to my enjoyment! XD

Phoenix Burning by Yahtzee
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Buffy/Angel; R
author's summary: After "The Gift." Buffy returns to life -- to find a world greatly changed.
length: complete at 24 chapters, 94,086 words
setting: after the end of the 5th season
s2m's comments: This fic grabbed me from the start! Buffy's voice is perfect, and the fic reads like it could be an extra-long episode. Also has a cast of excellent OCs!

Top 10%!!1! Post Grad by Te
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Spike/Xander; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Life tends to change after high school.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 3 vignettes, and 56,047 words
setting: after the "Enemies" ep, so not too long before the Scoobies graduate from High School
s2m's comments: If you're looking for something fun and happy, don't read this fic. If you want something gut-wrenchingly good and painful and awesome, then here you go. The writing style is almost stream of consciousness, so it takes some getting used to, but is extremely good once you figure it out. Whoa.

Sands of Time by James and Wolfling
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama, Romance; Spike/Xander, one-sided Giles/Xander, side ships from early canon plus Angel/Doyle; NC-17 graphic sex
author's original summary: Xander finds a new home with Giles, and a new relationship with Spike.
author's new summary at AO3: An epic tale of Xander and his crappy childhood, and how Giles rescued him, and how Xander and Spike fell in love (well, sex, and then love or something like insanity?)
length: complete at 8 fics, 309,883 words
setting: splits from canon late in 1st season and reaches into the first season of Angel
s2m's comments: Here is an angstful, drama-filled waltz through Buffy and some of Angel canon. The authors gave Xander a very difficult abusive childhood, and it takes time for him to work through his past with the help of Giles and his surprise romance with Spike. It's interesting how the authors tweak canon around their changes. There's a lot of clingy and triggered Xander, so heads-up if past child abuse is a trigger for you. The fic itself does not have a main unifying plot, other than Xander's maturation, studies, his secret romance with Spike, and helping Buffy and Angel save the world over and over. With plenty of hot sex scenes in there, too! X3 Xander is truly heroic in this story.

Take Your Time by Carrie
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Willow/Angel, Willow/Spike; PG-13 or NC-17 for graphic sex, depending on which version of a specific chapter you choose to read
author's summary, shortened by s2m: This is a challenge fic where Willow goes back in time and meets Angelus before he was vamped. Please keep in mind that this was started right after the episode 'Becoming', so Angel is Spike's sire, not Drusilla, and he was sired before Drusilla, not after.
length: complete at 40 chapters, 302,752 words
setting: after the end of the 2nd season
s2m's comments: My first impression was, "An amusing read, but not good enough for my recs list." Then this fic turned into a gripping epic when I wasn't looking. I can't pinpoint the exact moment, but suddenly I found myself obsessed and unable to stop reading. O.o Be patient with the thin beginning and that irritating wallpaper, because I think the overall fic is worth it. ^^

It's About Time by Carrie
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Willow/Angel, Willow/Spike; PG-13
author's summary: This is the sequel to my little saga 'Take Your Time'. If you haven't read it, don't read this story. You won't understand it and will be missing most of the fun.
length: abandoned WIP at 23 chapters, 220,491 words
setting: immediately after Take Your Time ends
s2m's comments: Like its prequel, this fic is kind of thin but juuuust good enough to keep me reading. It's frustratingly abandoned and the last chapter left a bitter aftertaste, but oh well! I had to be honest with myself and add it here. :P

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Calvin and Hobbes

Geniuses by Amaretto
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Spaceman Spiff and the Alien Conspiracy by Froggimus_Rex
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: "Don't worry, I'm sure he'll be fine." She dropped her hand to to stare incredulously at the tiger. "Let me repeat," she said, very slowly. "Calvin has a weapon whose power is only limited by his imagination." "I said he'd be fine, nothing about the rest of us."
length: one-shot at 1,844 words
setting: somewhere in canon
s2m's comments: A delightful fic, with such promise for Calvin's future! Now if ONLY it were LONGERRRRR! XI

Top 10%!!1! Wizards in Winter by vibishan
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Captain America

bent my knees 'cause I love you by ellievolia
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Bucky/Steve; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Steve discovers a secret about Bucky, and it quickly snowballs into something much bigger
length: one-shot at 7,320 words
setting: after the 2nd film, though I think this will work with actual comic verse, too
s2m's comments: We all have our fic-enjoyment firsts, and now I can check off "men in women's underwear" from my list. Cross dressing isn't a kink of mine, but this fic definitely made it work for me! Watching Steve deal with his new-found knowledge of Bucky, and his own acceptance and encouragement of it, is truly fun. The ending gave me a big, goofy smile! Yay!!!

fair market value by lazulisong
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Top 10%!!1! Only With the Heart by Taste_is_Sweet
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Chronicles of Riddick

Apprentice by Ardath Rekha
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama, Romance; Jack/Riddick; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, slightly shortened: Four and a half years after the crash of the Hunter-Gratzner, 18-year-old Jack is released from the juvenile facility she's lived in. Due to her refusal to help the authorities capture Riddick, they've done their best to ensure that her future will be as bleak as possible, until Riddick himself returns to rescue her. But the forces arrayed against them, determined to recapture Riddick at any cost, are enormous...
length: complete at 61 chapters, 150,906 words
setting: four years after the end of the first movie, and ignores all canon created after
s2m's comments: I was drawn into this fic by how it predates the sequel and the "Furian" nonsense that turned Riddick from a self-made badass into a spushul snowflake who was just ~born~ that way. (Yes, I hated that particular addition to canon). While the author did pull a bait and switch on me in that regard, the character development, new fanon background information, and solid writing kept me reading. ^^V Jack and Riddick's age difference is handled very well. Both Riddick and Jack must resolve the issue in their own minds--though it takes Riddick much longer. :3 This fic is a fun adventure story with ton of character development, and smoking sex scenes! *swoon* Note the site's "yes to adult content" cookie expires rather quickly. Remember what chapter you're on, in case you need to find it in the menu.

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Cinderella (Disney)

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
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Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Colbert Report

Harry Potter and the Eagle of Truthiness by Christine Morgan
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Cowboy Bebop

Light Fandango by sally (team_fen)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Finding her father turns out to be more difficult than Ed had expected.
length: one-shot at 5,117 words
setting: after Ed and Ein leave the Bebop
s2m's comments: Ed is a difficult character to write well, and I've read quite a few fics that tried and couldn't quite manage it--but this one does it magnificently! Random but with a plan, in her own world but very aware of her surroundings, still a kid and yet capable of taking care of herself--including being able to recognize when she needs adult help. I also love that Ed and Ein are the ones to bring the Bebop family back together, and her actual father, too! As a lovely bonus, Spike really shines in his supporting role. C:

Top 10%!!1! Music Box, The by r_lee
genre; ship; rating: Drama; gen with a little one-sided Gren/Vicious; PG-13
author's summary: It was just an unassuming little music box, a symbol of beauty and harmony against the background of war. How could it have been anything else?
length: one-shot at 2,641 words
setting: before canon, but you need to know Gren to get the most out of the fic
s2m's comments: This beautiful, melancholy fic captivated me from the first word. It's been ten years since I watched CowBe, yet I completely fell back into the characters with this fic. The author did a wonderful task of taking the bits of information from canon and turning them into a fully realized missing scene. *applauds*

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Cowboys & Aliens

Carry Me by hellseries
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Ella tries to get back to Jake.
length: one-shot at 3,759 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: I like that this fic is about finding companionship, and particularly how they go about succeeding. A sweet story that made me feel happy and warm. ^^

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crossovers

In alphabetical order by fic title. To find crossovers by fandom, see the fandom's specific section on this page.

At the Devil's Knee by Delphi
fandoms: Jeeves & Wooster and Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Jeeves is inspired very early in life by one hell of a butler.
length: one-shot at 1,482 words
setting: Jeeves is about 5, Sebastian and Ciel are their canon ages, no canon spoilers
s2m's comments: This fic gave me chills. I love the idea!

Boy Who Spoke With Ghosts, The by AvocadoLove
fandoms: Inception and Sixth Sense, The
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; pre-Arthur/Eames; PG-13, off-screen torture
author's summary: No one suspects Arthur. He's too practical, too organized, too sensible to believe in the supernatural. Based on the kink meme prompt: Arthur's real name is Cole Sear.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 21,794 words
setting: before, during, and after Inception; many years after Sixth Sense
s2m's comments: Here is a serious case fic in a darker tone that matches The Sixth Sense, rather than the lighter Inception. Arthur is a grown-up Cole, and yes, he still sees dead people...something which makes dream work quite interesting! The growing relationship between Arthur and Eames is subtle and done well, and truly not the focus on the fic. Instead of romance, this fic is about Arthur learning to trust others with his true self and ability. A serious, sad, gripping fic.

Canon Rape by velvet-mace
fandoms: Fullmetal Alchemist and Harry Potter
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Meta; FMA fandom/HP fandom; R non-con, sort of?
author's summary: doesn't exist
s2m's more helpful summary: FMA is wandering through Livejournal and comes face to face with HP. He gets more than he expected.
length: one-shot at 1,006 words
setting: over halfway through both fandoms
s2m's comments: Even I, who so admires plot and character development, can be won over by well-done crack. I snickered all the way through this. Glorious meta!!

Case of the Unwelcome Owl, The by FayJay
fandoms: Harry Potter and Sherlock (BBC)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; gen; PG-13
author's summary: "So," said John, feeling out of his depth once again. "An owl." It was the same mild, politely curious tone of voice with which he had previously found himself uttering such things as: "So – three bags of frozen AB negative," and "So – a selection of human ears." "Goodness, John, with deductive prowess like that you'll soon be putting me in the shade," Sherlock said tartly. "Can't sneak anything past you, can we?"
s2m's more helpful summary: A disgruntled Sherlock refuses to open his owl post, and John comes to grips with actual IRL magic. It's easier than he expected, to be quite honest.
length: one-shot at 7,198 words
setting: HP: after Voldie's defeat, Sherlock: later on in the first season
s2m's comments: A delightful oneshot! I like just about everything in this fic, from sulky Sherlock to just-rolls-with-it John. A certain HP character's brief scene is glorious, too. A great little crossover. :3

Cost of a Wish, The by slashscribe
fandoms: Sherlock (BBC) and xxxHolic
genre; ship; rating: Drama; John/Sherlock; R
author's summary, shortened: John has been plagued by a secret his entire life that has made him feel hopeless, until he meets a mysterious, seemingly omniscient man named Sherlock who owns a wish-granting shop. Their meeting sets off a series of inevitable events that will change the course of both of their lives. This story involves magic, ghosts, and cameos by some of our favorite characters.
length: complete at 12 chapters, 102,493 words
setting: timeless Sherlock; the beginning of xxxHolic
s2m's comments: This crossover is more acurrately a fusion, with the Sherlock characters in the roles of the xxxHolic cast. I was surprised at how well it worked--and don't let the clunky summary turn you away! The author's prose is delightful, and typos are wonderfully rare. :3 The fic parallels early xxxHolic canon quite a bit, but the slotting in of Sherlock's cast--and of course, John and Sherlock's distinct personalities--keeps things interesting for those who are very familiar with xxxHolic and might be worried about becoming bored. ^^V And Sherlock makes an AMAZING Yoko, OMG! It seems odd, but it completely works! :D The slow-burn romance is quite enjoyable, as well. *happy sigh*

CSI: Death by Chocolate by Beth Einspanier
fandoms: Charlie and the Chocolate Factory (2005) and CSI
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: A young man is found in the desert, having been drowned in chocolate. Who would want him dead, and what does he have to do with a reclusive chocolatier from London?
length: complete at 16 chapters, 28,069 words
setting: 10 years after the movie; about 5 years into CSI
s2m's comments: Here's a fun case fic as the CSI team deal with candied insanity. The murder victim's identity is quite sad, but the resulting case and revisiting of some of the film's cast makes for an adventure! No to mention that logical Grissom dealing with a certain confectioner is completely fabulous. There's also a little touch of meta that made me giggle!

Devil Really Does Wear Prada, The by balefully
fandoms: Devil Wears Prada, The and Supernatural
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; Dean/Sam; NC-17 graphic sex, incest
author's summary: What if Sam were a little more...fabulous? Jess never died, John goes missing much later, and Dean. Well. He's in for quite a surprise.
length: complete at 5 parts, 36,806 words
setting: vaguely patterned after SPN ep1, no SPN spoilers. Knowing the characters for TDWP is enough
s2m's comments: A combination of fashion porn and traditional early SPN monster-of-the-day, I really enjoyed this fic. Granted. The author has an aversion to comma use. Like what I'm writing here. But you get used to it, and the story really is fun! And such lovely UST. *swoon* Normally incest romance makes me squirm just a bit, but for some reason this fic doesn't make it feel naughty. I'm not sure why. Anyway, it's a great story with a REALLY hot kiss scene--one of my new favorites--and who doesn't love imagining Dean all cleaned up nice and pretty?? :3

Different Sort of Taste, A by hazukashiijousan
fandoms: Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler) and Skip Beat!
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Sebastian knows the traits that make his ideal victim, yet sometimes humanity still manages to surprise him.
length: one-shot at 1,078 words
setting: after Kuro canon but with no spoilers, before Skip canon
s2m's comments: This is brilliant. I am never going to look at Lory's assistant the same way again. Whoa! XD

Dragon King's Temple, The by Kryal
fandoms: Avatar: The Last Airbender and Stargate SG-1
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: The spite of the spirits opened a door better left untouched. On the other hand, with Fire and Earth as one's allies, sometimes escaping is the easy part.
length: complete at 12 chapters, 212,762 words
setting: after the AtLA tv series; in the third season of SG-1
s2m's comments: This epic crossover came highly recced, and I can see why! I wish I knew more than just the first season of SG-1, as I feel I missed out on a bunch of cool stuff. :B Rather than throwing the characters together for a fun adventure, the author uses this story to explore some ideas about both canons, do some fix-it, and give us a rocking good time. ^^ This fic focuses on Zuko and Toph from AtLA, and Sam and Janet from SG-1. A fun cast! Also there are some very amusing cameos. An enjoyable read, with a LOT of worldbuilding!

Top 10%!!1! Dust in the Wind by lyra_wing
fandoms: American Gods and Supernatural
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: Future fic. Erm. Hard to explain. This is a crossover with American Gods, but you don't need to read that to understand what's going on.
s2m's more descriptive summary: Dean and Sam travel America, hunting, helping other hunters, and catching the eyes of gods.
length: one-shot at 4,093 words
setting: some time after the AG novel; near the end of the second season of SPN (but finish the season to avoid a major spoiler)
s2m's comments: This fic really struck a chord in me. The ethereal beauty and odd rules of American Gods canon plus the down-to-earth but still creepy tone of Supernatural are blended together to make an engrossing what-if fic. I'd love for this to become a canon ending to the show! Everyone is in character, and I really liked it. C:

Elementary, My Dear ObiWan by Frostfyre7
fandoms: Sherlock Holmes (classic) and Star Wars
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: Life in London can get plenty interesting when Sherlock Holmes is hot on the trail of the dastardly Moriarty. Things take a bizarre turn, however, when Holmes and Watson intervene in a most unusual assassination attempt on a strangely dressed young man.
length: complete at 30 chapters, 62,083 words
setting: after Watson is engaged to Mary; before SW episode I
s2m's comments: One of my favorite things in fanfic is when an author can take a crazy, cracky idea and make it work. Beautifully! Qui-gon and Obi-wan in Victorian England, working wtih Sherlock and Watson to solve a crime, is simply marvelous. The writing is elegant and enjoyable, the chapters snappy and a good length, the case intriguing. An excellent crossover, I must say!

fair market value by lazulisong
fandoms: Captain America and xxxHolic
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: "you must have a wish," says the lady. "i ain't got money," says bucky, still frozen in place. "i was just --"
length: one-shot at 1,208 words
setting: up to the end of Cap2 film
s2m's comments: I went in expecting crack and instead found a touching, beautiful fic that completely works with both canons. Author, I salute you! ^^>

Follow Through by Macadamanaity
fandoms: Doctor who and MASH
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: A head nurse of a certain M*A*S*H unit saves the day with help from a visiting doctor.
length: one-shot at 3,041 words
setting: 10th Doctor, MASH 3rd season
s2m's comments: Here's a crossover with a plot that fits perfectly into both canons. It has great characterizations--particularly Margaret's, and that ending! A solid little crossover fic, to be sure. ^^

Top 10%!!1! Four Ohtori Students Kyubey Never Made a Contract With and One He Nearly Did by veleda_k
fandoms: Mahou Shoujo Madoka Magika and Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Ohtori is full of girls with wishes. None of these happened (except maybe the last one), but here's what would have happened if they had...
length: one-shot at 1,682 words
setting: later within Madoka and Utena both, but you need to have completed the entire canons to avoid spoilers
s2m's comments: WHOA. This little fic blew me away! Each section is short, but tells its own little what-if glimpse with clarity and perfect characterization. Particularly that last one. DAYUM!

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
fandoms: Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast (1991), Brave, Cinderella (1950), Little Mermaid, The (Disney), Mulan, Princess and the Frog, The, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), and Tangled
genre; ship; rating: Drama; gen; PG
author's summary: Mulan is a Resident Assistant on a dormitory floor at a college. Gosh, some of the students on her floor come from really screwed-up families.
length: one-shot at 4,541 words
setting: modern American university AU
s2m's comments: What I like most about this AU is how the author adapted the princesses to a modern-day setting. Mulan as responsible RA makes perfect sense, and her practical nature is a great foil to the other girls. A good read! I'd happily devour 50k of this AU. C:

Geniuses by Amaretto
fandoms: Calvin and Hobbes and Foxtrot
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Calvin/Jason; PG-13
author's summary: Slash. Crossover with Foxtrot. Jason and Calvin meet in college and find in each other something they never found elsewhere
length: one-shot at 10,914 words
setting: the guys are in college
s2m's comments: This sweet fic makes me want to hug both Calvin and Jason. XD Very cute and fun, and how I wish we had a sequel!! *wistful sigh* The Storm Trooper steals the show. *wink*

Grand Hunt, A by Merfilly
fandoms: Alien and Alien vs Predator
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: The sector that had a hoard of Hard Meat eggs was being encroached by the expansion of the Soft Meat herds. SpearKiller goes to see what damage has been done, and reacts accordingly.
length: one-shot at 5,346 words
setting: AU just before Aliens (the 2nd film)
s2m's comments: Some satisfying fix-it fic right here! :D The Predator's POV is alien without being incomprehensable. It's interesting to see how her opinion differs from the humans. I particularly like the relationship between the Preadtor and Newt! And Ripley still shines. Satisfying read with a killer ending! *badum ching*

Handler by copperbadge
fandoms: Avengers and Torchwood
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: There are some staff changes going on at SHIELD.
length: one-shot at 556 words
setting: after the first Avengers film, for Torchwood you just need to know the first season's main cast
s2m's comments: This fic reminds me that even a crossover doesn't have to be an epic to be amazing. A delightful and quick fic! XD

Harry Potter and the Eagle of Truthiness by Christine Morgan
fandoms: Colbert Report, The and Harry Potter
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Hogwarts meets the Colbert Report ... guess who the new Defense Against the Dark Arts teacher is?
length: one-shot at 5,426 words
setting: AU of 5th year
s2m's comments: BAHAHAHA! I'm not that familiar with the Colbert Report, and it was STILL hilarious!!! XD

Harveste Addams Series, The by kyaru-chan
fandoms: Addams Family, The and Harry Potter
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; gen, though with side ships; R torture
s2m's series summary: Harry deals with the Dursleys himself and attracts the attention of the Addams Family. He changes his name, creeps out most of Hogwarts, and gladly devours those who would subdue him.
entire series length: abandoned WIP at 7 fics, 183,334 words
setting: more original comics Addams Family than the movies; HP before canon starts
s2m's comments: Evil!Harry is hardly new, but how about writing him Addams Family style? This fun series is very much a black comedy AU of the first 5 novels and part of the 6th. The earlier books are rushed with shorter fics, but things begin to slow down as the author explores the wonderful creepiness that is Harveste and his weird influence over his classmates. Delightfully morbid! And an intriguing magic system!! The series is stalled at the beginning of book6, but the first five fics are very enjoyable. ^^ I do wish the author obeyed her own rules for Harveste's name, but it's a minor quibble in overall picture. You can also access the entire series by finding each installment on the author's profile page at FF.net. ^^V

Ink is Thicker Than Blood by Stariceling
fandoms: Death Note and Tantei Gakuen Q
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Matsuda/Ryuu; G
author's summary: Without Kira's judgement, crime is once again on the rise. Are the newly-trained detectives at DDS ready to meet this new world, and what will one of them resort to to keep those he loves safe? Spoilers to the end of Death Note, and Ryu spoilers (ep 39 or so) for Detective School Q.
length: abandoned WIP, 2 chapters, 2,021 words
setting: both after the end of Death Note and after Ryu joins the regular TGQ cast
s2m's comments: This fic is short and powerful. Be sure to read through the second chapter. That's where the really good stuff is! ^^

Iron Robin by athenemiranda
fandoms: Batman and Ironman
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bruce/Tony; R
author's summary: The original prompt was, 'Howard Stark pimped out his son like a rent boy to close business deals.' But unfortunately for Howard Stark, he was trying to close a deal with Wayne Enterprises. Warnings for whorefic, teen!Tony/adult!Bruce, implied abusive!Howard, implied alcoholic!Tony. Kissing and partial nudity, no real smut.
length: one-shot at 1,833 words
setting: Nolan-verse Batman
s2m's comments: This is a powerful one. I rather like that it is a one-shot, as it lets the reader imagine all the possibilities for a sequel. Sometimes open endings are good, and this is one of them. ^^

Killer Role, A by ninemuses
fandoms: Skip Beat! and Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Perfect Girl Evolution/Wallflower)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Kyoko has a conversation with a horror fan.
length: one-shot at 987 words
setting: Skip manga in mid-twenties, Yamato Nadesico after volume 1
s2m's comments: Who better to ask for advice about a serial killer's mindset than Sunako? An amusing read!

Loki Runway by Xparrot
fandoms: Avengers and RPF for Project Runway
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Loki hadn't been observed with a new scepter, and there had yet to be another alien invasion, but he was still a supervillain. SHIELD was on high alert for three months. Which was when the new season of Project Runway started airing, and one of the designers strutting his stuff in the opening, boldly declaring, "I'll show you mortals how to make it work," set off every facial recognition program SHIELD had.
length: one-shot at 6,336 wordss
setting: after the first Avengers film; not sure about ProjectR, but Heidi has four kids
s2m's comments: Awesome and hilarious! I howled all the way through this one. XD I loved seeing the Avengers team come to appreciate Loki's design skills. Heidi totally steals the show, and Loki is his fabulous self with no appolgies. A wonder of crack-tastic crossover--FOR FASHION!

King and the Fallen Prince, The by Fourticktock
fandoms: Lord of the Rings and Thor
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Loki/Thranduil; R torture
author's summary, shortened: Loki falls to Middle-Earth. Once there, he meets a blue wizard who promises to lead him west to find his way home. But that means going through Mirkwood and the Elvenking's Halls. Will Loki manage to get home before he is ensnared in the dangerous events about to unfold in Middle-Earth? What will happen when Frigga and Thor follow?
length: complete at 16 chapters, 82,191 words
setting: after the first Thor movie; a few years after The Hobbit.
s2m's comments: This fic does race to the ship, but after the two are together, the plot slows down and explores the new relationship and canon events of LotR. In fact, the fic becomes more an AU of LotR with Loki, Thor, and Frigga tossed into mix! They really throw things for a loop. ^^ To be honest, I enjoyed the action more than the romance! It's fun to shake things up with a dose of Thor characters. Note the fic isn't kind to Thor himself at first, but that changes as events diverge more and more. Loki's slow acceptance of his Jotun self is handled well, I think. I'd read a sequel!

Knew you at all by ilyena-sylph (ilyena_sylph) and Katarik
fandoms: Labyrinth and Young Wizards
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; G
author's summary: Sarah Williams wants to be a wizard.
s2m's more descriptive summary: Sarah finds a certain manual and is thrown into her ordeal. She faces down the Labyrinth and Jareth a second time--with help from Nita and Kit.
length: really long one-shot at 49,916 words
setting: a few years after the Labyrinth film; later in the YW series around book8
s2m's comments: Here is a beautifully done crossover, merging two worlds elegantly and letting us see all the major players. The hints of attraction are scrumptuous, and it's not just Sarah/Jareth! X3 This is a solid adventure fic, with excellent characterization on top. Note that no explanation or reminders are given for name-dropped Young Wizards characters. You might have to google to remember who they are. (I did...)

Live. Die. Save the Cat. by wildgoosery
fandoms: Alien and All You Need is Kill/Edge of Tomorrow
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: Trapped in the same battle day after day, Rita Vrataski taught herself to fight. But she needed Ellen Ripley's help to learn how to win.
length: one-shot at 13,751 words
setting: Alien: Earthbound AU; AYNiK/EoT: before movie canon
s2m's comments: What is better than one badass woman? Two of them, of course! XD Joking aside, this fic combines the two canons very well and gives us a wonderfully developed backstory for Rita. I was pleased with how the author adapted Alien canon for this fic. The writing flow is great, and it's easy to keep all the loops straight. ^^V

Man With No Name, The by Frostfyre7
fandoms: Doctor Who and Firefly
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; side Inara/Mal; PG-13 graphic violence of Firefly movie levels
author's summary: He hadn't really counted on getting into a pub brawl over the color of his coat on some speck of a planet, or signing up with a crew of petty criminals. Still, he'd always wondered what really happened to those Lost Colonists from Earth...
length: complete at 32 chapters, 105,986 words
setting: DW: 10th Doctor, right after "The Runaway Bride". Firefly: a few months after the movie
s2m's comments: This fic is a delightful read, plunking the 10th Doctor into the Serenity crew and just letting things go crazy. XD Everyone is beautifully IC, the adventure plot is engaging and strong, and I particularly like how succinctly the author works Firefly into the DW universe. Nice! :D

Mistaken Relations by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet
fandoms: Danny Phantom and Rise of the Guardians
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Or why Bunny should avoid Amity Park. After all, white-haired boys with ice powers that can fly aren't exactly easy to come by, so this new kid had to be at least related to Jack...right?
length: one-shot at 7,971 words
setting: Later on in DP, a year after the RotG movie
s2m's comments: A fun and sweet fic! I was in stitches the whole time. Danny is bent on protecting his town against the giant rabbit-kangaroo ghost, Bunny is quick to jump to the obvious--and wrong--conclusion, Jack is just Jack, and Sandy steals the show. Who knew Danny's father was right, and Santa Claus DOES exist??

Nevermore by lucidscreamer
fandoms: Crow: Stairway to Heaven and Real Ghostbusters
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: When one of the Ghostbusters dies, the Crow brings him back. "We're in the land of the dead, Peter," Charlie said, his gravelly voice surprisingly gentle. "We're dead." Warning: character death Peter Venkman, angst
length: abandoned WIP at 18 chapters, 50,035 words
setting: Real Ghostbusters several years into the series
s2m's comments: Beautifully flowing writing is a wonderful bonus on this intriguing fic. The first few chapters are heavy on the angst, but don't let that drive you away! I hope the author updates soon, because I really want to know what happens. :D

No Harm Ever Came from Digging Up the Past by russian_blue
fandoms: Bone Key and Mummy, The (movie)
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; G
author's summary: Removing ancient curses is vastly underrated as a bonding experience.
length: one-shot at 5,034 words
setting: four years before the first Mummy film, Bone Key before Claudia is allowed to join the SMP Museum as an asisstant
s2m's comments: What a delightful read! Fun and creepy at the same time, the two awesome archaeologist women dealing with the discovery of Tutankhamun's tomb, along along with a not-so-healthy dose of curse! And it's written by someone who actually KNOWS archaeology, too! Eeee! And GAH! The hyena! O.o (I read this fic without knowing anything about Bone Key and enjoyed it just fine, as you've likely noticed! ^^)

Old Country by astolat
fandoms: Harry Potter and Supernatural
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; Dean/Sam (see my comment section just below); R incest
author's summary: Sam and Dean go to Hogwarts.
length: one-shot at 40,647 words
setting: Hogwarts a year after book 7, SPN in season 3
s2m's comments: I stayed up way too late reading this, which tells you how much I enjoyed it! A hilarious premise that the author made completely work. XD Dean dealing with the stuffy traditional Very Properly British lawyers, a sudden fortune landing in his lap, persnickety post owls and his new eager-to-please house elves, and a surprisingly adoring unicorn. Fantastic stuff!! IMO, the slash incest was unnecessary for the fic's enjoyment, and I invite anyone who doesn't care for this particular ship to willfully ignore the romantic elements. The rest of the fic is worth it!

Top 10%!!1! Only With the Heart by Taste_is_Sweet
fandoms: Captain America and My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Bucky/Steve; R torture
author's summary, shortened: Bucky grows up with two best friends he loves more than anything. One is Steve Rogers, who Bucky can't have and shouldn't want. The other is a little pony who no one else can hear, touch or see. Not even Steve, no matter how much Bucky wants him to. But in our world there's no such thing as magic, and friendship can't stop a war.
length: one-shot at 38,517 words
setting: before Cap movie canon, extending through both Cap films with a little Avengers, too; timeless MLP
s2m's comments: This fic is GLORIOUS. Crack played straight, and it works so very well! Applejack and Bucky's friendship is so sweet and powerful, and Bucky and Steve's mutual pining for each other is so very painful. And then Bucky heads off to war with Applejack by his side, and my heart just breaks. This fic is so far outside the box, it's apple-bucking on the country farm. I LOVE IT.

Top 10%!!1! Ouran Academy Guest Lecturers Series by peroxidepest17
fandoms: Ouran High School Host Club with visitors from Fruits Basket, Gravitation, Love Mode, Skip Beat!, and Yami no Matsuei
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Famous Guest lecturers from all over Japan and beyond come to speak to the esteemed staff and student body of Ouran High School
length: technically abandoned WIP at 5 chapters, 21,447 words, but since each chapter is a stand-alone, the fic can be considered complete
setting: Another timeless fic! You just need to know the cast basics of Ouran. A quick wiki visit for any unfamiliar visiting characters should be enough help, if needed.
s2m's comments: This fic is a fun comedy that subtly explores the relationships between the main Ouran cast as seen through the eyes of different guest lecturers. Each guest's unique personality gives us a fascinating look at the Host Club, and even provides us some great laughs! The Skip Beat chapter was my personal fave. ^^

Ouran High Ghost Club by Finite Sledgehammer
fandoms: Bleach and Ouran High School Host Club
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: It's Bleach, it's Ouran, it's wacky! When Ouran High is infested with ghosts, who you gonna call? Ghost Bu I mean, your friendly neighborhood shinigami of course!
length: complete at 10 chapters, 28,209 words
setting: Bleach after Soul Society with a touch of the early Arrancar arc, Ouran...it doesn't really matter with Ouran, does it?
s2m's comments: A delightfully fun fic! It does have some grammar issues (mostly apostrophes), but they don't distract from the crossover glee. Renge in Shinigami cosplay! Kon playing up the bad boy element! Rukia in the frilly Ouran uniform! Nekozawa being Nekozawa! And spazztastic Tamaki!! Waiiii!

Princess Bride Job, The by themonkeytwin
fandoms: Leverage and Princess Bride, The
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; Buttercup/Westley; PG
author's summary: Fencing. Fighting. Torture. Revenge. Giants. Monsters. Chases. Escapes. True love. Miracles. And hitter, hacker, grifter, thief, mastermind. (It really wanted to be done, so I did.)
length: complete at 18 chapters, 28,735 words
setting: throughout The Princess Bride film, 2nd season Leverage
s2m's comments: Here's a fun romp in the lighthearted style of both canons as the Leverage crew is hired by an injured Westly to rescue Buttercup. The connections between the crew and cast of Princess Bride characters are amusing, and I particularly liked the ending. A light read!

Top 10%!!1! Republic of Heaven Series, The by Blind_Author
fandoms: His Dark Materials and Sherlock (BBC)
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; John/Sherlock; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: John and his dæmon, Amarisa, have never quite fit in, largely because she settled as a wolfdog. Sherlock and Raniel are similarly isolated, mostly because the woman they call Mummy is a witch. These two men and their dæmons end up sharing a flat together and the rest, as they say, is history. And with a witch-clan out for John's blood and a man known as Moriarty emerging from the shadows, they're certainly not going to be bored.
length: stalled WIP at 3 fics, 17 chapters, 128,844 words
setting: long after His Dark Materials trilogy ends, before Sherlock begins
s2m's comments: A friend told me about this fic, and I'm very glad she did! More than a simple daemon AU, this fic is a true crossover between the canons. I love the fascinating web the author has woven for us. The daemon choices read true, the characterizations are top-notch, and the author truly has a way with words. Great physical description in this one! I hope the next installment is posted soon. C:

Top 10%!!1! Running Blind by Dejah Thoris of Mars
fandoms: CSI (Las Vegas) and Danny Phantom
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: Something supernatural is killing people in Las Vegas...and it all seems to lead back to a fifteen-year-old runaway named Danny Fenton.
length: long one-shot at 23,332 words
setting: CSI when Grissom has the beard (so around the 4th season), and DP not too long after he met Clockwork.
s2m's comments: It sounds like a crack crossover, but this one WORKS. Very well. It's funny, it's IC, it's written well, it makes you want to hug Danny, and it's worth reading for Grissom vs Vlad alone. I've read it four times now, and I still enjoy and admire it.

Sense of Freedom, A by Fyre
fandoms: Aladdin and Mulan
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Jasime/Aladdin, Mulan/Shang; G
author's summary: Mulan is pleasantly surprised when she is given a new post by the Emperor, but nothing ever goes quite as she expected it.
length: one-shot at 10,819 words
setting: after both films
f s2m's comments: Pure warm-fuzzies in this fic. It's fascinating seeing Aladdin and Jasmine through Mulan's eyes, and watching the boys do their typical guy thing is very amusing. A touching and solid story. ^^

Top 10%!!1! Shadows in Starlight by Vathara
fandoms: Rurouni Kenshin and Star Wars
genre; ship; rating:: Drama, Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: What if Obi-Wan found more than the tractor beam's location in the Death Star files? AU, fusion with Rurouni Kenshin.
length: complete at 14 chapters, 152,729 words
setting: Rather than toss one cast into the other's world, this story takes both worlds and blends them to create a unique third where Obi-wan isn't killed on the Death Star and samurai wield light sabers.
s2m's comments: This fic is loosely patterned on the first few Kenshin story arcs, with a dose of originality required to work in the author's (and my...) favorite red-headed Jedi. :3 If your immediate impression is that this crossover could never work, remember that samurai films were one of Lucas' influences when he was creating Star Wars, and I think you'll begin to understand. *wink* One of the best crossovers I've read, expertly rendered with joy by a devoted fan of both series.

Skipholic by kashudoreineko
fandoms: Skip Beat! and xxxHolic
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kyoko/Ren, a little Doumeki/Watanuki; PG-13
author's summary: Kyouko's wish is for revenge on Shoutaro. But as Yuuko knows, what you really want may not be what you think it is. There's a brief xxxHolic xover involved for humor.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 16,194 words
setting: Skip near the end of Dark Moon's filming, xxxHolic towards the latter half of the first series
s2m's comments: The author's use of xxxHolic in this unexpected crossover was a delight for me. I wish we knew what Yuuko was doing to those grudge Kyokos! ^^ I also particularly liked how this Kyoko handles Sho. Rather satisfying.

Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
fandoms: Beauty and the Beast (Disney), Cinderella (Disney), Frog Princess, Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney), Little Mermaid (Disney), Mulan, Pocahontas (Disney), Sleeping Beauty (Disney), Snow White (Disney), Tangled
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: Long, long ago, and far, far away, princesses held their own.
length: complete at 5,596 words
setting: all over the six SW movies, but mostly before them.
s2m's comments: Delightful and creative! I'd have never thought of this myself. Cinderella definitely steals the show! The author has officially added the "expansion pack" comment fics as new chapters. ^^

Stardust by kikkimax
fandoms: NCIS and Stargate
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Daniel/Dinozzo; PG-13
author's summary: A man with no memory holds the key to three bizarre deaths.
length: one-shot in two parts at 46,040 words
setting: NCIS - when Kate is still part of the team; Stargate SG-1 - I honestly don't know, but apparently Daniel is human...again?
s2m's comments: This is a fun one, in no small part due to the NCIS team's fabulous interaction. I've only seen the original Stargate movie, but I was able to follow this fic with little trouble. I did poke around on Wiki for some SG-1 info, though. ^^ This fic does contain some slashy UST, and it's rather adorkable UST, at that. X3

Starting from Scratch by babies-stole-my-dingo
fandoms: Angel and Firefly
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Spike and Illyria find themselves at loose ends in the FireflyVerse, and River finds out something she didn't know about herself.
length: one-shot at 6,222 words
setting: Angel right as tv series ends, Firefly after Ariel episode
s2m's comments: This fic is so perfectly in character it's almost frightening. I really like what the author did with Spike's relationship with Illyria and River. River is especially intriguing in this fic.

Thirteen Going on Fourteen by peroxidepest17
fandoms: Bleach and One Piece
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; none; R
author's summary: One Piece Bleach crossover: Zoro and Sanji bust their way into the Court of Pure Souls. Hijinks ensue.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 16,051 words
setting: written after crewmate #7 joins in OP, after the start of the Arrancar arc in Bleach
s2m's comments: This fic is best enjoyed if you take the author's advice and just go along for the ride. I laughed all the way through! And while some chapters are better than others, the whole fic is fun and at times very appropriate. *cracks up*

Top 10%!!1! Tigers Aren’t Gentlemen by binz, shiplizard
fandoms: Dresden Files and Jeeves & Wooster
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; Jeeves/Wooster, vague Dresden/Marcone; G
author's summary, shortened: Bertie's in the supernatural soup! After a swinging party in New York leaves him accidentally affianced to an elven heiress with more than the usual amount of matrimonial influence to throw around, where's a young gent to turn? Why, to old acquaintance Harold 'Mimsy' Dresden, part time investigator, part time stage magician, full time wizard. Together they'll have to scuttle Bertie's engagement and solve the mystery of a missing sword that could completely upend the New York social scene.
length: complete at 10 chapters, 45,586 words
setting: 1920s New York City, Wodehouse style; AU of Dresden book Summer Knight
s2m's comments: This fic is unusual for one of my Top 10%ers. It earned the ranking not so for my personal reaction, but for technical brilliance and thoroughness. The seemingly crack canon melding works well, and the changed setting doesn't change the core of the characters. Harry sounds like himself even in '20s slang! In the style of J&W, the stakes are much less serious than in Dresden canon--making this a fun Wodehouse style adventure! The scope of research and thought put into this fic is staggering. Dayum! *overwhelmed*

Time after Time by sahiya
fandoms: Avengers and Doctor Who
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: The Doctor has this habit of becoming people's imaginary childhood friend.
length: one-shot at 3,839 words
setting: before and after first Avengers movie; sometime during the 11th Doctor
s2m's comments: I didn't expect this short crossover to tug on my heart strings, but this one did! A bleak beginning turns into a fun and touching middle and end! This little gem is definitely worth a read, particularly the amusing POV change. :3

Time Bomb by Christina K
fandoms: Dresden Files and Firefly
genre; ship; rating: Adveture; none; PG
author's summary: When an unbalanced girl named River, one with a penchant for dangling off high places, suddenly 'poofs' into existence in a bar with no explanation, Harry Dresden, wizard-for-hire, has a new job. Just not one he ever wanted.
length: one-shot at 9,992 words
setting: Dresden: between Dead Beat and Proven Guilty, Firefly: after the movie
s2m's comments: Here's a fun little adventure! It's beautifully in-character, with a surprising amount of Dresden canon despite being only 10k long! It also contains some great foreshadowing. *wink*

To The Rescue by OpheliaRising
fandoms: My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic and Toy Story
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: When Bonnie gets a new toy, that pony needs some advice from an old ranch-hand like Jessie.
length: one-shot at 1,183 words
setting: after the third Toy Story movie, MLP:FiM anytime before end 3rd season
s2m's comments: The moment I saw which two fandoms were crossed over in this fic, I knew it would be great, and it was! XD Jessie's voice is spot-on, and it's wonderful hearing about a certain brightly-colored pony learning the ropes of being a proper toy. Heeeee! <3

Truth Decays, The by Marz1
fandoms: Fullmetal Alchemist and Naruto
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; R torture
author's summary: Edward Elric can't get back to his own world, so he tries to make a life for himself in the closest one he can find. Yep a nice quiet life, no military breathing down his neck or monsters trying to live forever, but then a kid in an orange jumpsuit...
length: WIP at 19 chapters, 126,947 words
setting: near the end of FMA manga and Brotherhood canon; early on in Naruto, after the Chuunin Exams and during Naruto's first training journey with Jiraiya
s2m's comments: Beautifully written, Ed dumped in the Naruto world is done well. To my surprise, the author put Ed at a disadvantage against chakra-powered ninja! It makes for some interesting action scenes, I must say. Grumpy!Ed is in fine form, trying to survive in this foreign world and maybe find a way back to Amrestris. Naruto and the crew are definitely their young and early series selves! Note the author fudged Ed's cursing with strateigically placed Xs. It's a bit odd at first.

Upon a Fiery Steed by Vathara
fandoms: Gundam Wing and Stargate: SGI
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; R
author's summary: Daniel. Duo. Two trouble magnets, one very unlucky System Lord... Gundam Wing AU crossover, finally finished!
length: complete at 15 chapters, 99,091 words
setting: Stargate SG-1: AU splits off from canon just before the 4th season episode "Chain Reaction"; Gundam Wing: almost complete AU, though having watched the entire series and OAVs is a good idea
s2m's comments: This one is 85% Stargate SG-1, 15% massively AU Gundam Wing. Like Vathara's other crossover fic I've recced, this one is heavy on the plot and politics. My Stargate SG-1 knowledge is limited to Wiki entries--most of the related nuances flew by me--yet I still enjoyed the fic! I particularly like what Vathara did with Duo and Daniel. And it's not what you think, as much as my naughty side wishes it was. :3

Top 10%!!1! Wand and Shield by Morta's Priest
fandoms: Avengers and Harry Potter
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: The world is breaking; war and technology are pushing on the edge of the unbelievable, and S.H.I.E.L.D. desperately attempts to keep the peace. The soldier and the scientist are not the only lights that push back against the darkness, however; magic will encompass the world again as the last wizard makes himself known.
length: stalled WIP at 32 chapters, 252,192 words
setting: before the first Iron Man film, a few years after an AU ending for HP
s2m's comments: The characterizationd in this fic blew me away. Tony is his glorious arrogant if slightly humbled self, Harry is believably tormented after the AU ending to the war--but still has his saving-people thing--Fury is wonderfully paranoid and a fabulous straight-man to Harry and Tony's pranks, Bruce is angsty but trying, and gotta love efficient Natasha. C: The plot is unpredictable in the funnest way possible, as Harry's addition to the Avengers world makes changes that ripple through everything we know. XD (IOW, none of that lazy canon-events-still-happen-exactly-as-they-did nonsense). And to top it off, this author can WRITE. This crossover is on its way to being a masterpiece.

NEW!!!1! Weight and Motion by sevenfists
fandoms: Firefly and Supernatural
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Dean/Mal; R
author's summary: Doesn't exist for the entire series, so...
s2m's more descriptive summary: Dean stumbles into the cargo bay of Serenity and learns to live uncountable miles and years away from Sam. He finds companionship among the crew, and eventually realizes that even in the future, the 'verse still needs a Hunter.
length: complete at 5 fics, 43,117 words
setting: Firefly: after the film; SPN later in first season
s2m's comments: This series ignores the hows and whys of time travel and focuses on the aftermath, instead. It's good to watch Dean figure out his place on the boat. I do wish the attraction between him and Mal had been more in depth, but the glimpses and fait accompli do match the style of Firefly canon. I read this fic for character adventures, and I loved when Dean began to hunt again. Truly he is a survivor!

Wheel 'n' Deal by icarus_chained
fandoms: Dresden Files and Good Omens
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; no main ships, implied Aziraphale/Crowley; PG
author's summary: I was having a bad day. The kind that starts with a baseball bat to the head, and ends with a really smug demon helping you out of a summoning circle.
length: one-shot at 2,770 words
setting: just after Dresden book5: Death Masks; post-canon of Good Omens
s2m's comments: This short fic beautifully encapsulates Harry and Crowly's selves. Darkly funny, I only wish it were longer!

When Summoning, Please Watch the Wording by Ryuuza Kochou
fandoms: Good Omens and Supernatural
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Dean and Sam fall into the hands of Satanists, who, naturally, want to use Sam as the vessel for the Golden Eyed Demon. Well...they do get A Certain Golden Eyed Demon. And an avenging Angel. And a serious posterior whooping. Good Omens Crossover
length: one-shot at 5,447 words
setting: Good Omens several years after the book, Supernatural later on in the 2nd season
s2m's comments: The author did a solid job of merging the GO and SPN worlds for this. The characterizations are spot-on, complete with snappy dialogue and the duality of human nature. Heh!

Top 10%!!1! Wizards in Winter by vibishan
fandoms: Calvin & Hobbes and Young Wizards (by Diane Duane)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; none; G
author's summary: 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.
length: one-shot at 2,440 words
setting: Calvin: timeless, Young Wizards: you need to know how wizards come about
s2m's comments: MIND BLOWN. *splat* This fic takes an amazing idea and tells its story beautifully. Calvin and Hobbes are so very much themselves, and everything is pretty much perfect. A comic book. A decoder ring. OMG. *splats again*

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Crow, The

Nevermore by lucidscreamer
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CSI (Las Vegas)

CSI: Death by Chocolate by Beth Einspanier
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Drop of a Name, The by Bicoastal
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: On a dark night, a game in the break room gets a little wild!
length: one-shot at 1,951 words
setting: a year after Hodges joins the team
s2m's comments: I laughed so much, I HAD to add this one to my page. XD

Game Day by iamtheenemy
genre; ship; rating: Romance, Comedy; Greg/Nick; R
author's summary: A voice in Greg's head asked him why he insisted on setting himself up for disappointment by nursing hopeless crushes on gorgeous, unattainable, straight men. Football, beer and a woefully oblivious Greg.
length: one-shot at 6,446 words
setting: 4th or 5th season, I think. Greg's in the field, Warrick's married.
s2m's comments: Greg is my favorite character in CSI, and this fic showcases why! He's so incredibly adorkable. X3 And devoted! I don't know how long I'd last at faking an interest in football. Eeesh.

Top 10%!!1! Running Blind by Dejah Thoris of Mars
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Sweet and Sour by vicxntric
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hodges/Nick; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Hodges/Nick; David Hodges knew the old Nick Stokes was in there somewhere. In the meantime, he could make do with what he had. Then things start going right, and that's when the real trouble begins.
length: one-shot in two parts at 35,508 words
setting: some time after Nick's 5th season cliffhanger ordeal is over
s2m's comments: The aspect I enjoyed the most about this fic was the amazing characterization of Hodges. His irritating attitude makes complete sense as the author spins it! This fic is also a welcome break from the standard UST slash formula.

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Cutting Edge, The

How We Spin (And Spin) by tree
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Kate/Doug; PG
author's summary: Doug wondered if he’d ever get the goofy smile off his face.
length: one-shot at 2,428 wordss
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: A lovely series of vignettes featuring Doug and Kate and how they try to be together off the ice. The best part: Kate in a bowling alley. Priceless. XD

Moves in the Field by icepixie
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kate/Doug; PG
author's summary: Walter Dorsey isn't quite sure what his brother sees in Kate Moseley, but he suspects her magnificent slapshot may have something to do with it.
length: one-shot at 3,293 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: This fic had me snickering and smiling all the way through it. :3 Walter's POV about his little brother and Kate is enjoyable to witness, and the fic has some great comedic moments. Ahhh, good times. XD

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Danny Phantom

Mistaken Relations by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet
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Outside Looking In by Ellen Brand
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Casper High's new psychiatrist has some interesting interviews ahead of him.
length: complete at 15 chapters, 17,634 words
setting: begins after ep 9, "My Brother's Keeper", then later references eps 24 and 25, "Reign Storm", and another fic by this author, Danny Shadow
s2m's comments: It's fascinating watching an outsider trying to make sense of what's going on with Danny and company. The OC is top-notch. Also sneaky Sailormoon reference is sneaky. :3

Top 10%!!1! Running Blind by Dejah Thoris of Mars
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Thermos for Valerie, A by Bluemoonalto
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Danny arranges a meeting with Valerie, to clear the air and end their feud. But is she ready to listen? One way or the other, she’s leaving with a Thermos.
length: complete at 12 chapters, 17,512 words
setting: after the Evil Danny from the future movie, before he and Sam officially are together
s2m's comments: Ooooh....will she or won't she is the big question here. I suggest you stop reading at the end of chapter 11 for a killer what-if ending. Eeeee! *shivers*

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Dark Tower

Borderlands, The by Deifire
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: In which the ka-tet reads the writing on the wall, faces the music, and meets some old friends.
length: one-shot at 5,172 words
setting: between book4 and 5
s2m's comments: This wonderful fic gives us a glimpse of events to come for the ka-tet, explores their bond with Roland, and balances the serious with some light meta fun. A lovely piece of writing!

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Death Note

Coexistence is Boredom by Sakurazukamori6
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; L/Light; NC-17, graphic sex, graphic violence
author's summary: A new death note. A new plan for world sanctity. And an entirely misled Catholic clergy. Raito and L take their respective places on the sides of their own justice. A final battle waged in the Garden of Eden. LRaitoL. For a Brief Moment.
length: abandoned WIP at 33 chapters, 232,973 words
setting: after Light regains his memory
s2m's comments: Keeping L and Light in-character while expanding their relationship beyond rivalry is something very very few authors manage to achieve, but Sakurazukamori6 has done it masterfully. The plot is never predictable and the two men are so completely their manipulative, lying, bastard selves that it's downright glorious to see them together. Sex does not always equal love, indeed.

Endings by Edmondia Dantes
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: After it's all over, there's still eternity to deal with.
length: one-shot at 2,311 words
setting: after the end of the series
s2m's comments: This one-shot is lovely to read. It perfectly showcases Light's arrogance and righteous belief in his own godhood, even as we witness his various observations of the people he once knew. His reunion with L is beautiful and painful both. The fic leaves us with just a little hope for them! C:

Ink is Thicker Than Blood by Stariceling
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Top 10%!!1! Lesson Learned by Nanashi-o
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Just a small moment of Near with his idol-of-sorts.
length: one-shot at 315 words
setting: when Near is about 7 or 8 years old
s2m's comments: It's good to read a fic that reminds us how cut-throat a certain someone can be. Don't let the short length drive you away, the brevity makes it all the more powerful.

Top 10%!!1! Rewrite by justaminuet
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Misa/L; PG-13
author's summary: L x Misa. A moment in time. A chance meeting. Fate turned upside down.
length: abandoned WIP at 28 chapters, 88,723 words
setting: AU before the series begins
s2m's comments: I never though L/Misa could ever work in a fic, yet Kat-chan makes them sit up and beg for more cake. Everyone is perfectly IC--especially Misa. I didn't like Misa in canon at all, but the author has really made the girl live up to her potential while still being silly Misa-Misa. Verrrry nice.

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Demon's Lexicon (by Sarah Rees Brennan)

Have Done with Sorrow by auctorial
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Alan/Nick; R, incest
author's summary: When Alan lets slip the greatest secret in his life, Nick refuses to let him cover it up again.
length: one-shot at 3,787 words
setting: three years after book 3
s2m's comments: This fic revolves beautifully around Nick's abrupt observations of his brother. The author has definitely mastered the art of showing, not telling. ^^ Alan's inner turmoil is portrayed well, and the entire fic is very powerful. I particularly liked the use of the summoning circle.

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Despicable Me

Little Soldier by a_q
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Fake Santa has kidnapped Edith and Margo goes to Gran for help.
length: one-shot at 3,660 words
setting: After the first film, at Christmas. Written before the 2nd movie.
s2m's comments: Hahahah! I've often wondered how the three girls would turn out, with Gru as their dad, and his mom as their grandma. This fic is a delightful addendum to canon! XD

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DOGS: Bullets and Carnage

Cloves or Cannabis by mellish
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: Badou does not like to stick out too much. Heine makes this hard to do.
length: one-shot at 1,349 words
setting: early-ish in canon, before Badou learns about Heine's healing
s2m's comments: I love the tone of this fic. Badou's observations about Heine and how their partnership works, all while he's doing his best to stay alive and keep up with Heine. It could easily be a scene from canon! A nice little friendship fic. C:

Doesn't Mean Anything (Fucking Giovanni) by slr2moons
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Giovanni/Heine; NC-17 graphic violence, torture, rape
author's summary: Heine finds himself in a savage fight for dominance against Giovanni, who is determined to "help" Heine for his own good.
length: one-shot at 8,501 words
setting: in volume 2, but contians spoilers through volume 6
s2m's comments: Rape is never a light subject, and this fic treats it with the gravity it deserves. But rather than just graphic sex, the fic instead gives us glimpses into Heine's emotions and memories, and hints as to Giovanni's. Dark and painful, and worth a read--if you feel up to it!

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Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog

Equus malus by Mithrigil
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: He rides across the nation, the Thoroughbred of Sin. He fights for subjugation, and of course he'll win. (Of course.)
length: one-shot at 1,038 words
setting: before the series
s2m's comments: One thing I love about fanfiction is how it can tell a story that I, personally, would never think of. Funny and horrifying both, this fic is one hell of an origin story for the big bad horse!

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Doctor Who

Follow Through by Macadamanaity
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Man With No Name, The by Frostfyre7
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Sound of Silence, The by such_heights
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Amy/Eleven/Vincent Van Gogh; PG-13
author's summary: The silence makes it easy, somehow.
length: one-shot at 1,112 words
setting: after the Van Gogh ep *sniffles* T.T
s2m's comments: A beautiful and emotional fic, told without dialogue, like a painting with stunning visuals and description. *swoons* This episode is one of my all-time favorites, and finding this lovely fic to match it was a dream come true. Stories told without a single word of dialogue can be clunky and tiresome, but this onetruly succeeds. And the cuddling! *happy sigh*

Time after Time by sahiya
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To Err is Human by Lilac Summers
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Donna/10th Doctor; R
author's summary: Donna is the unlucky companion stuck with the Doctor in 1913 this time around; she's not quite sure how to deal with this sudden change in situation. Mostly she just blames the TARDIS. Season 3 episodes "Human Nature" and "Family of Blood."
length: complete at 16 chapters, 57,917 words
setting: when the Doctor is pocketwatched, only with Donna instead of Martha along for the adventure
s2m's comments: I do love Donna and the 10th Doctor's friendship, but my guilty pleasure side REALLY enjoyed this foray into something more. Donna's attempts to stem her new hubby's passion are both hilarious and sad. Meanwhile the TARDIS sits there, smugly watching. Ha! I ended up marathonning this fic in one night, which tells you how much I enjoyed it. And ohhh, that ending! So poignant! *sniffles*

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Dresden Files, The (by Jim Butcher)

Crosshairs by manic_intent
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Dresden/Marcone; R
author's summary: An AU where Marcone also has magical powers. A murderer is getting rid of the signatories who have come to Chicago to sign Gentleman Johnny Marcone into the Accords.
length: one-shot at 20,059 words
setting: AU for early in the series, but you need to have read through vol 8 or so
s2m's comments: I love the premise of this AU. Wizard!Marcone makes for an interesting twist in things, particularly the soul-connection twist granted by the author! *swoon* An exciting read. I wish there were more!

Near Miss by binz and shiplizard
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Dresden/Marcone; R
author's summary, shortened: Harry Dresden is about to find out that the real power behind Chicago's throne is a lot worse then a spoiled mobster's son -- and maybe more than he can handle. John Marcone is a mechanic with a bad limp and a bad history with Vargassi. But in Harry Dresden he sees enough raw power to save the city he loves. Can Harry and his car survive what Chicago has in store for him, even with a full-time mechanic?
length: one-shot at 42,073 words
setting: AU of the first three Dresden novels
s2m's comments: A fun AU! I love picturing the confident and elegant Marcone as a grease monkey. You don't have to have read all 3 books to enjoy the fic, but it does help make sense of things. I understand this is one of the most famous Dresden slash stories out there. I think it deserves the fame. ^^

Not His Wizard by seizethefire
genre; ship; rating: Drama; pre-slash Dresden/Marcone; PG
author's summary: Morgan is being his usual pleasant self, which would be fine if John Marcone didn't happen to see and disapprove. In which Harry's life is somehow so much more dramatic than the average. A simple evening walk promises danger, and for the offense of actually attempting to purchase a pizza for friends, he may face death.
length: one-shot at 6,413 words
setting: after Lash enters canon
s2m's comments: Mmm, sometimes a fic hits all the right buttons and makes me squee! I just love protective and jealous Marcone, and it's always fun to see an ass like Margan slapped down. Harry's denial and cluelessness are also fun. Yummeh!

Top 10%!!1! Tigers Aren’t Gentlemen by binz, shiplizard
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Time Bomb by Christina K
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turn my sorrows into treasured gold by akelios
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Harry/Toot-toot; R
author's summary “Hey Toot?” “My Lord?” “You're a really good little guy, you know that?” My chest was starting to feel heavy, tight. Stupid fucking demons. Stupid me. I should have seen that parting blow coming. “Yes...” Toot's voice sounded smaller than usual. I wanted to say something else. Make a joke, but even the pain wasn't holding off the blackness any longer. I thought, as I was pulled under, that I heard Toot say something else. But I didn't catch it and then it didn't matter anymore.
length: one-shot at 5,909 words
setting: a volume or two before "Changes"
s2m's comments: Here is a beautifully written rare pair. I love it! The explanation for their romance is not random, it completely works--even with only 6k words! I've read it several times, and it holds up well. I'd love it if this had been canon!

Wager by neveralarch
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Dresden/Marcone; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Harry Dresden's first semester as an assistant professor of religious studies comes with its own unique challenges. Like dealing with Doctors Marcone and Vargassi of the philosophy department.
length: complete at 3 parts, 26,500 words words
setting: university AU, but you need to have read through Dresden vol10 or so
s2m's comments: Academic!Harry is still Harry in this fic, along with Academic!Marcone, and grad students!Murphy and Hendricks. This fic is fun and amusing, and makes you think about religion and philosphy, just a bit. But don't be turned away, the fic isn't all theoretic discussion, it's about Harry's teaching, his interesting relationship with Marcone, and trying to keep his job. *wink*

Wheel 'n' Deal by icarus_chained
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Durarara!!

Top 10%!!1! Mezhdu Dvukh Ogney (Between Two Fires) by Delphicy
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Izaya/Shizuo; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: Simon’s ill-fated decision to play match-maker forces Shizuo and Izaya to become reluctant allies. Their goal? To demonstrate what a horrible idea it is to force them into a relationship. This is an English fanfic about a Japanese series that is riddled with Russian proverbs and Celtic mythology. It's like riding It's A Small World, only instead of animatronics you have violent manchildren and an entire city's unhealthy fixation with their sexual relationship.
length: WIP at 7 chapters, 56,353 words
setting: after the first anime. It references the original novels, but I was still able to follow events without having read them myself.
s2m's comments: DRRR grabbed me from the first episode, and I completely fell for Izaya and Shizuo both--with the understanding that they are fictional in IRL would be scary and OH HELL NO. ^^; I could see how their ship was so very popular in fandom (and canon), but I prefered to ship them with other people. THEN I read this fic, and WHOA. This fic is glorious, as crazy and dark and fun as canon, made me laugh and gasp, and why yes, now I ship it so very hard. XD My favorite part: everyone in Ikebukuro is pressuring them to have a sexual relationship, but Izaya and Shizuo somehow are developing an emotional one. You know, between wrecking the city and starting fires. Beautiful!! *applauds*

Top 10%!!1! Old Friends (And New Lovers) by thereisafire
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Celty/Shinra/Shizuo; R
author's summary: Shizuo doesn't know it, but Celty and Shinra care about him, and want to show him that he's loved.
length: one-shot at 4,100 words
setting: after the anime
s2m's comments: This is a moving and powerful fic, told with skill from Shizuo's oblivious POV. The reader catches all sorts of hints that it's more than friendship, and watching him rationalize them away is both amusing and rather sad. T.T The ending grabbed my heart and made me so very happy for Shizuo. *hugs him tight*

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Ed, Edd, n Eddie

Double Dork by Kat of Mosh Pits
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Edd/Kevin; G
author's summary: Edd ends up tutoring Kevin during the summer. Eddy isn’t happy that Kevin is taking up all of Double D’s time. Edd doesn’t know what to do. Stupid PostIts.
length: abandoned WIP at 6 chapters, 29,159 words
setting: Summer before the guys are 8th graders.
s2m's comments: I read this fic on a friend's rec while knowing nothing about the show and really enjoyed it!! It drove me to watch a handful of eps so I had a better idea of who everyone in the fic is. Heh!
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Elementary

let yourself be found by radiophile
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Learning to live with Sherlock Holmes is a trial-and-error process.
length: one-shot at 3,365 words
setting: throughout the first half of the first season
s2m's comments: This delightful series of vignettes gives us insight on the relationship between Sherlock and Joan. Very intriguing!

Lopsided Symmetry of Sin and Virtue, A by language_escapes
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Joan/Sherlock; PG-13
author's summary: Joan thinks she should be less surprised by his sudden, “Watson, we’re getting married!” and yet, here she is, cooking her egg and trying not to be astonished." Infants are vanishing, and Sherlock and Joan go undercover as a married couple to find their kidnappers.
length: one-shot at 25,610 words
setting: later on in the first season
s2m's comments: Fake marriage fics can be quite engrossing, just like this one. C: I really admire how Joan and Sherlock were able to play a married couple so well, and it was fun to try pinpointing what might be real affection in all the acting. :3 The case aspect of this fic is minor, but it does keep the plot going--and gives us the reason for the whole fake!marriage thing. *laughs* An engrossing read, with a powerful ending. Good stuff!

Secret History of Sherlock's Socks, A by dashakay
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Joan is only able to see something of the real Sherlock after she notices his socks.
length: one-shot at 3,810 words
setting: with the start of the series
s2m's comments: This one made me laugh. I've never paid attention to Sherlock's socks while watching, but you can bet I will now! XD

Solve for X by Yahtzee
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Their relationship as it stands has one mathematical certainty: It will end in twenty-five days. At that time, her sojourn as his sober companion will end. Either Watson will pass out of his life forever, or Holmes will have to devise another option.
length: one-shot at 5,788 words
setting: The final weeks before Joan's job runs out
s2m's comments: A beautiful fic, written in flawless Sherlock voice. I prefer this fic's version of Joan's decision about Sherlock more than the canon one.

Yin and Yang by karaokegal
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Joan/Ms. Hudson; PG-13
author's summary: Sherlock is out of town. Joan handles a murder and brings people together, maybe even herself and a certain divine muse.
length: one-shot at 7,505 words
setting: about a third of the way into season 2, after ep9 "On the Line"
s2m's comments: Here is a neat little case fic, with some amusing happenings and an adorable ending. C: The beginning is a bit slow, but be sure to stick it out! A good, solid fic for the Watson fans! This fic makes me wish canon had gone this way in regards to Mycroft, but what can you do? :P

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Elfquest

Twine to Hold, A by AntigravityDevice
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Cutter/Nightfall/Redlance; G
author's summary: Cutter trees with Nightfall and Redlance, and a new kind of family is born.
length: one-shot at 2,785 words
setting: in the many years between Rayek taking the palace away and its return
s2m's comments: I'll never forget how heartbroken I was the first time I read Cutter's emotional agony at the loss of his family. His finding confort with Nightfall and Redlance was my first OT3. It's been many years, and I still feel his pain and take comfort in his two friends. This fic evokes all those feelings again, and is beautifully written and touching. *sniffle*

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Fast and the Furious, The

Couple of overnighters, no big deal by khaleesian
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Brian/Dom; R
author's summary doesn't exist, so here's mine: Stuck in a crowded jail cell in Central America, Brian hurts too much to wonder what will happen to him, and who would save him.
length: one-shot at 3,302 words
setting: About ten fanon years after movie 1
s2m's comments: Beautifully written and leaving so much for the reader to see between the lines! The author did a wonderful job writing both the guys, and everything unspoken between them. *applauds*

Doing the Dishes by misura
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Brian/Dom; PG
author's summary: "You know, you're probably the first guy I've ever met who actually volunteered to help with the dishes."
length: one-shot at 1,328 words
setting: in the middle of the first film
s2m's comments: This fic is a great missing scene! Ahh, if only it were canon. *wistful sigh* Snazzy dialogue, Brian being conflicted with the role he has to play as an undercover cop, and Dom being his playful and deadly serious self. This fic is short and powerful and bittersweet and beautiful. C:

Dominic and Submission by dancinbutterfly
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Brian/Dominic; R
author's summary: Brian has hidden his submissive orientation most of his life out of necessity more than desire and he's been fine. Really. Until he meets Dominic Toretto then fine doesn't really fit the situation anymore. A BDSM-universe AU of The Fast and the Furious.
length: one-shot at 1,611 words
setting: AU of the first film
s2m's comments: To put it simply, this fic blew me away. I was hesitant to read it, as BDSM doesn't do much for me, and the author's note apologizing for SPaG problems was another strike, but I kept reading. I found an amazing, powerful, agonizingly short little fic that went straight to my heartstrings and made me want to hug Brian and tell him he'll be okay. Even if he might not be! I've never read a DBSM-universe AU fic before. I am intrigued!

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Firefly

Energy by Jackson_Rayne
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kaylee/Simon, Mal/Simon; R
author's summary: Kaylee POV. When Kaylee realises how it is she lets Simon go, and yet it's still a bumpy ride for him and the Captain.
length: one-shot at 5,563 words
setting: after the movie
s2m's comments: Written in perfect Kaylee voice and with beautiful imagery, this fic is worth a read. Very powerful, and I love translating the sudden animosity between Simon and Mal that we see in the film into UST. It makes perfect sense! Convenient ships aside, this really is a powerful fic, and I definitely rec it.

Girl Needs a Gun These Days, A by vialethe
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: A missing rich kid, a kidnapped Captain, a houseful of fake Companions, and one redhead con-artist - it's all in a day's work for the ladies of Serenity.
length: one-shot at 8,789 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: Here's a fun one! The Firefly women hold their own in canon, but it's always good to see the girls rescue the boys. *giggle* I love the final installment, and that is what made me decide to rec the fic here. ^^ You might need to zoom in on the fic to read it easily, as the author's page layout is tiny and cramped. LJ users, you might want to use ?style=mine at the end of the URL to make it more readable.

Glass Walls by Ana
genre; ship; rating: Drama; sort of Jayne/Simon; R
author's summary: I wanted to write an AU where Simon, River and Jayne don't get away from the Feds in Ariel. This isn't quite that, but it is a prison story, set some time after Objects in Space.
length: one-shot at 9,740 words
setting: after the tv series, before the movie
s2m's comments: Written in perfect Jayne voice! This fic is a touch sad and very straight-forward account of Jayne's stay in prison, and his eventually being joined by Simon. The fic is told simply, and is quite powerful. It's not often I can find a fic that makes me genuinely LIKE Jayne. ^^

Horseshoe Nail Series by Dyce
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; River/Jayne, side Inara/Mal, side Kaylee/Simon; PG-13
author's summary: [doesn't exist]
s2m's more descriptive summary: Jayne is ordered to look after River, and in the course of finding activities to keep her hands and mind busy, they get to know one another. The trust that develops between them grows into more--much to Jayne's discomfort, River's guilt, and the betterment of the 'verse.
length: complete at 5 fics, 237,773 words
setting: begins immediately after the tv series, and extends past the film
s2m's comments: River/Jayne never appealed much to me, but this series was recced with glowing enthusiasm, so I tried it. And what an amazing read! Not only does the author lay perfect groundwork to make the ship work, she gives us a glorious fix-it fic, too! Excellent writing, particularly the different voice of each character when we switch to their POV. I know how difficult that is, and this author does it so well! A magnificent read, and how I wish it were canon! C:

Man With No Name, The by Frostfyre7
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Starting from Scratch by babies-stole-my-dingo
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Tetchy by debchan
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Jayne/Simon; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Declarations of war, escalating hostilities and peace treaties.
length: one-shot at 3,896 words
setting: later on in the series
s2m's comments: Mmm, this fic is both amusing and hot. Whew! The prank war made me laugh, particularly Simon's tension and Jayne's final straw. And I adore how the crew is so blasé about the whole thing. Awesome. XD And mmmm, that ending!

Time Bomb by Christina K
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Unchained Melody by Bonibaru
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, PWP; Vera/Jayne; R
author's summary: That ain't no way to treat a lady.
length: one-shot at 1,165 words
setting: throughout the series
s2m's comments: Guh. asdfjkl; *fans herself* Seriously, just read this one. Sometimes, metaphors really...WORK. *swoon*

NEW!!!1! Weight and Motion by sevenfists
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FLCL

She's Not There by Shusu (Sameshima_Shuzumi)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Haruko/Mamimi; R dub-con
author's summary: No one could tell her anything about Haruko. She was going to find out.
length: one-shot at 2,064 words
setting: mid-series
s2m's comments: This fic gives us a glimpse of reality as seen through Mamimi's eyes. Her odd, existentialist personality in canon has always made me curious to learn more about her. The word flow and amazing imagery in this fic grant that desire very well. A beautiful read!

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Foxtrot

Geniuses by Amaretto
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Free! Iwatobi Swim Club

gratitude for dummies by jessus
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Rei/Rin; PG-13
author's summary, shortened: It's ridiculous, Rin thinks, that he feels he owes Ryugazaki anything. It was nice of him to give Rin the chance to swim with his old teammates, but what had Rin even done to deserve it? Nothing, he tells himself, after the euphoria has worn off and he's exhausted and Nagisa has texted him six times in the past twenty minutes.
length: one-shot at 3,745 words
setting: after the first season
s2m's comments: D'awww! So cute and funny! XD Rin trying to figure out how to express emotions again is just adorable, not to mention his journey to realizing it's more than gratitude he feels towards Rei! *eyebrow waggle* A very fun read. :3

Long Way Around, The by specialrhino
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Five times Rei helped Rin out and the one time he didn’t regret it. Probably.
length: one-shot at 6,269 words
setting: after the first series, written before the second came out
s2m's comments: A fic about my two favorite characters becoming closer--and it's GOOD! XD I loved how Rei was so irritated with Rin and determined to help him, how he saw part of himself in the guy he more or less replaced, and bonding over Naruto marathons. OMG, the marathon! XD This fic is adorable, amusing, and I can quite sympathize with Rei's feelings about Rin. The other characters shine, as well!

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Frog Princess, The

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
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Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Fruits Basket

Top 10%!!1! Ouran Academy Guest Lecturers Series by peroxidepest17
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Fullmetal Alchemist

Canon Rape by velvet-mace
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Drive You Home by harukami
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ed/Havoc; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: A car ride turns into a conversation turns into an offer Havoc never expected to get from Ed, but hardly one he minds.
length: one-shot at 3,369 words
setting: a couple of years after the ending of the original anime, I think
s2m's comments: This fic was a lovely gem! I like how the pair come together, and how the first move is made. I also admire the hints that apparently Ed has had a thing for Havoc for some time. Very elegantly done! The lack of foreplay or nonsense fits well with these two guys. A solid and enjoyable read!

demon alchemist by metisket
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13 off-screen torture
author's summary: [no series summary exists]
s2m's more descriptive summary: Ed couldn't retreive Al's soul when they were little, and it drove him insane. Killing other murderous alchemists whenever he feels like it makes things a little better. Then he meets Roy, and his killing spree becomes...complicated.
length: complete at 4 fics, 88,462 words
setting: begins before canon, extending through the manga/Brotherhood
s2m's comments: Serial killer Ed is certainly different and so outside the box it's in a completely different post office! While he is even more violent in this series, he's still devoted to his friends, which saves him from seeming truly horrible. This is not a light-hearted story, but it does have quite a bit of black humor. It more or less parallels the manga/Brotherhood, with a somewhat rushed but still satisfying ending.

Full Circle by Nike Femme
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Ed/Roy, Riza/Jean, Winry/Al; R
author's summary: Edward Elric returns with amnesia. He has lived the past four years as Auric, a Gatekeeper. But there are some battles that only he can fight. Will his friends be able to awaken Ed, and what happens to Auric if they do? RoyEd. Eventually.
length: complete at 36 chapters, 144,252 words
setting: AU of the first anime, branching off near the end, I think. (I've still only read the manga.)
s2m's comments: A rousing adventure fic with solid romance as a bonus! :D For the first fourth of the fic, I kept wondering why this wasn't just original fic, but then things changed and I went, "Oh!" ^^ The ending is sweet and happy. :3

Play to Win by lightgetsin
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Ed/Roy; R
author's summary: Ed loses his virginity, and then his inhibitions. Roy loses his mind.
length: one-shot at 12,069 words
setting: 1st anime canon, but contains no spoilers after the first four eps. Also manga/Brotherhood fans can follow this one just fine.
s2m's comments: As the first FMA fic I've ever read, this one and its sequel below certainly set the bar high. After finishing them and basking in the warm glow, I reread them the very next day...and they were just as good!! OMG! *flails* Roy's frustration is hilarious, and Ed's pragmatic attitude about sex only makes it more fun. And of course, it sets up the fabulous conclusion in the sequel!

Top 10%!!1! Game for Two Players, A by lightgetsin
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Ed/Roy; R
author's summary: "The Bastard is not in love with me, and I can prove it. With science!"
length: one-shot at 16,209 words
setting: immediately after the previous fic
s2m's comments: A truly worthy sequel! This fic uses the POV change very well. It's fabulous to watch Ed fall in love with Roy in return--and not even realize he's doing it! As the true icing on the fantastic!fic cake, this story hits some of my favorite kinks quite nicely. *swoon*

Top 10%!!1! Returning Echoes by silkendreammaid
genre; ship; rating: Drama; girl!Ed/Roy, Riza/Havoc; Winry/Al; R
author's summary: Four years and Edward returns home... with changes.
length: abandoned WIP at 37 chapters, 426,887 words
setting: after a slightly AU ending to the first anime
s2m's comments: The fic is so very much worthy of being read, even if it's abandoned! The author has stepped into an intriguing problem: Ed is still male in his head, but he's ended up in a female version of his body. The author hasn't taken the easy way out with any aspect of his change, and it is part of an intriguing plot of military coups and secrets. A great cast of supporting OCs, too! One of my new fave fics. C:

Truth Decays, The by Marz1
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Fushigi Yuugi

Clarity and Grace by RC_McLachlan
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Hotohori/Nuriko; PG
author's summary: The funny thing about a past life is that it's in the past. A story of reincarnation, love, and chocolate. (Hotohori/Nuriko)
length: one-shot at 8,271 words
setting: reincarnation after the series ends
s2m's comments: As much as I love FY--it was the first anime I was ever truly passionate about--I've always felt a large portion of the cast met a needlessly harsh end. This fic gives two of my favorite characters a second chance, and is poignant and well-written as a lovely omake. *wink*

Prisoner's Dilemma by rapacityinblue
genre; ship; rating: Drama; gen; PG
author's summary: Set in a world where Miaka and Yui never appeared to fulfill their destinies as priestesses, Kutou and Kounan are locked in a seemingly endless war. Peace has begun to seem like an impossibility when the Emperor of Kounan is faced with a difficult choice that could spare his people.
length: one-shot at 3,922 words
setting: AU, no timeline relation to canon except knowing of Hotohori and Nakago--particularly the latter's past--to get the most out of the fic
s2m's comments: I enjoy a fic that makes me consider characters I know well in a different light, and this one delivers! Hotohori's imperial presense is amazing to see, and his interaction with Nakago--is he or isn't he?--is delightful. I would love to see this fic earn a second chapter. ^^

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Ghost Hunt

Investigation into the Beyond, An by Kantayra
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Yasuhara finds ways for Mai to entertain herself at work on a particularly dull afternoon.
length: one-shot at 1,336 words
setting: after the Dracula mansion case
s2m's comments: Yasuhara is a fun character, and this fic capitalizes on his quirky traits with great success! I giggled all the way through this one. :3

Something in the Silence by slr2moons
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; none; PG-13
author's summary: Lin is a quiet but integral part of the dynamics that make up SPR, something driven home as they investigate the bold youkai that haunts Mai's neighboring apartment.
length: one-shot at 11,305 words
setting: after volume 9/the end of the anime
s2m's comments: This fic is written from Lin's POV--a rarity in the fandom--and gives us a glimpse into his mind that canon cannot often delve into. The case is definitely hair-raising, with just the right balance of suspense and humor. ^^

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Ghostbusters

College Stories series: Spontaneous Combustion, Catalyst, Adaptations, and Impact by Lethe
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Egon/Peter; R
author's summary for the series doesn't exist, so here's mine: Egon, Peter, and Ray meet each other at Columbia University and start laying the foundation for their future business through friendship and a little romance.
length: complete at four stories, 52,159 words
setting: pre-canon for Real Ghostbusters, though if you overlook Egon's hair, it works for the movies, too
s2m's comments: Beautifully written with great characterizations, this backstory pre-canon fic is like a comforting blanket to read. The romance and friendships are heartwarming, the drama and angst expertly handled, and the action exciting. Two things of note: the entire fic is written in the first person for all three guys, but POV switches are not marked by scene dividers. It only takes a couple sentences to recognize the change, however. Technical note: this old-school fic layout needs a narrow browser window to be readable. If you have the beginning of a second row of vines and bricks, shrink your browser window horiztonally. (It displays great on a smartphone!)

Nevermore by lucidscreamer
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Pastrami and Particles aka Winston's Third Day on the Job by seren_ccd
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; G
author's summary, slightly shortened: Winston’s first day as a Ghostbuster included a crash course on the containment system and a proton pack, and then his second day left him covered in slime. Winston wasn’t sure what his third day would bring.
length: one-shot at 4,455 words
setting: in the middle of the first film, post Twinkie metaphor
s2m's comments: Here's a delightful gen romp through the Ghostbusters canon! Winston's layman point of view is fun to read as he debates reality and supernatural phenomenon with Egon. A solid read that could easily be part of canon.

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Girl Genius

As Simple as That by wallmaker_relict
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Agatha/Gil/Tarvek; PG
author's summary: While Agatha works to maintain her newly claimed Castle, Gil and Tarvek rekindle their old friendship. Agatha dreads having to choose one of the boys and leaving the other out in the cold. Violetta and the Castle think there is a better solution to this love triangle.
length: one-shot at 6,260 words
setting: early volume 12, around "Agatha and the Doom Bell" in the webcomic's pull-down menu
s2m's comments: I do love my Girl Genius OT3! Gil and Tarvek reminiscing about their childhood is adorable. The Castle in all its manipulative quasai-evil glory steals the show. X3

On Her Undying Majesty's Secret Service by ImperialGirl
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; FOC/Wooster; R
author's summary: Ardsley Wooster, British Intelligence, has an important assignment in Paris-ingratiate himself with the heir to Baron Wulfenbach. But Ardsley's not the only one in Paris with a secret agenda.
length: complete at 10 chapters, 54,720 words
setting: before canon, while Gil and Wooster are students in Paris
s2m's comments: Here's a rousing adventure fic with some fun romance! XD A solid fic, beautifully written, and exploring what might have happened in those pre-canon days. Wooster is still a mystery in canon, and IMO this backstory is perfect for him. ^^V

Spark Pile by stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none, but Agatha/Gil/Tarvek if you want it to be!; G
author's summary: Musings from a pile of worn-out sparks. Neither Tarvek nor Gil want to be the one to disturb Agatha.
length: one-shot at 950 words
setting: some point when all three are working together, no canon spoilers
s2m's comments: D'awww! An adorable fic! Nothing makes me happier than when a fic hits some of my favorite things, which this one manages twice: puppy pile and glasses removal! *swoon*

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Gokusen

Out of the Ordinary by Eruanna17
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Yankumi/Shin; PG-13
author's summary: Sawada Shin was tired. Tired of the same kinds of teachers, the same kinds of adults, pretending they care. This new teacher with her glasses and pigtails was just the same. Although, something about her seems...odd. Different. Could she...? Nah. Never.
length: complete at 17 chapters, 113,404 words
setting: begins with ep1 of the dorama
s2m's comments: This fic retells and expands upon canon, entirely from Shin's POV. The author has done an amazing job of showing us what is going on inside Shin's head as the dorama progresses. I love to watch his growing attraction to Yankumi. It's done very well! I was not bored by this retelling of canon at all, and the author was not afraid to give us missing scenes nor expand the story beyond canon at the end. ^^V Quite an enjoyable read!

Stumble and Fall by Avelynn Tame
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kumiko/OMC, Kumiko/Shin; PG-13
author's summary: A new teacher has arrived at Shirokin, and makes no secret of his attraction to the homeroom teacher of a certain delinquent class. 3-D greets him with their usual kindness and warmth, but Yankumi is far more interested in the reaction of one Sawada Shin.
length: abandoned (see my comments section) WIP at 14 chapters, 53,048 words
setting: later on in her year with the first set of 3-D students, mishmash of manga and jdrama canons
s2m's comments: This one is a light romp that sucked me right in. C: Everyone seems spot-on IC, right down to Yankumi's seeming blinders when it comes to herself. I like the progression of the relationship between her and Shin, even with the MOC tossed in to move things along. Technically the fic is abandoned, but the most recent chapter ends in a good place, with all the loose ends tied up. It could be marked "complete" with none the wiser. ^^V

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Good Omens

Endearment by Lady Lorax
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Aziraphale/Crowley, R
author's summary: AC. ...It was humiliating. like being caught feeding stray puppies. Or picking up litter. Or falling in lo...
length: one-shot at 881 words
setting: not too long after the book ends
s2m's comments: I laughed, I d'awwwwed, I favorited. XD Crowley/Aziraphale goodness!

Living Arrangements by afrai
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Aziraphale/Crowley; R
author's summary: Everyone is more or less human, even when they aren't.
length: one-shot at 8,762 words
setting: Some point after the novel
s2m's comments: I'm not quite sure what to say about this one. It's fun, dark, touching, and altogether worth reading.

Play's the Thing, The by Lovely Zelda
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: A delightful afternoon at The Theatre.
length: one-shot at 924 words
setting: late in the 16th century
s2m's comments: Drunk Crowley and Aziraphale heckling Shakespearean actors. Hilarious. XD

Wheel 'n' Deal by icarus_chained
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When Summoning, Please Watch the Wording by Ryuuza Kochou
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Gravitation

Top 10%!!1! Ouran Academy Guest Lecturers Series by peroxidepest17
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Guardians of the Galaxy

keeping all the things I knew inside by Sholio
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Not being dead is supposed to be the better outcome. But it's a long, long trip back to Berhert from the asteroid field that used to be Ego's planet. (Or: Fixit fic in which Yondu has to deal with having a future, and a family, and feelings. None of which he's prepared to cope with.)
length: one-shot at 5,769 words
setting: goes AU at the end of the 2nd film
s2m's comments: The fix-it fic I didn't know I needed! *bawls* Seriously, this fic punched me in the gut with its emotion, as Yondo deals with everything the summary said and more. Baby Groot is adorable--the ship fixing scene! *bawls more* and Gamora poking at Yondo and Peter to get things back to an even keel. *happy, tearful sigh* I want to hug my dad now...

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Gundam Wing

Top 10%!!1! Arrangement, The by maldoror_gw
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Adventure, (twisted) Romance; Heero/Wufei; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Wufei, struggling with his demons, agrees to a wartime fling with Heero, no affection needed or wanted. But the 'arrangement' lasts and grows as they join the Preventers. It could become a source of strength for both...if they let it.
length: 39 chapters, two epilogues, and an intermission, 310,765 words
setting: AU of the final third of the tv series and beyond, ignoring Endless Waltz
s2m's comments: An IC relationship between two powerful alpha males like Wufei and Heero could never be soft and sweet. Appropriately, this fic will rip out your heart and gleefully stomp all over it. I'm left amazed at Maldoror's ability to write, yet again. Her version of Heero is a bit extreme, but still fits with canon. This one has a suprising number of typos in the first half, but they do clear up. Don't miss the Intermission, the archivist didn't link it from the end of the fic, so click on the "back to Maldoror's fic" link at the bottom of the last chapter to access it.

Beautiful Symmetries by maldoror_gw
genre/rating: Comedy, Romance; Duo/Heero/Wufei; PG-13
author's summary: After the war, Wufei is glad to be alone. But two other pilots come back into his life, and that's when the trouble starts for the solitary dragon.
length: complete at a prologue and 6 chapters, 42,020 words
setting: after Endless Waltz
s2m's comments: The only thing better than a fic starring two of my fave pilots is one starring all 3. Eeeeheeheehee!! <3 <3 <3 Maldoror-sensei, I salute your writing genius!!! Two lines in particular really made an impact upon me. *happy sigh* Quatre's cameo is full of win. :D

Blood or Chocolate? by KKChitown
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Suspense; Duo/Wufei; R
author's summary, shortened by s2m: Duo Maxwell is an almost average guy in a small town. He works at the only gas station for miles around, is gorgeous, but single. But what makes him different is that he's a clairvoyant. So when he runs across a man whose thoughts he can't hear, although trying to gives him nosebleeds, he decides that that is a fair trade. That is until he finds out that the guy isn't a typical 'guy,' and that getting involved with him only leads to trouble...and a few dead bodies.
length: complete at 22 chapters, 70,947 words
setting: AU, early 00s in central Texas
s2m's comments: Here's a fun one! It isn't often you find a murder mystery disguised as a comedy. ^^ The fic does contain some romance, but it happens fast and isn't the true focus of the story--which is the murder mystery. The sudden romance does fit with the author's rendering of Duo and Wufei, though, so in this case, it works. I enjoyed the fic muchly, and while it does have some plot holes, the story and writing render them (somewhat) easily overlooked. Heeee!

Top 10%!!1! Darkside Tales by maldoror-gw
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; NC-17, torture
author's summary isn't apparent, so I wrote one: Duo wakes up chained, immobile, and facing someone who dearly needs an answer.
length: complete at 2 chapters, 17,376 words
setting: about 3 years after the tv series
s2m's comments: This fic delivers an absolutely brilliant characterization of Duo, one that left me reeling and completely in awe. Maldoror doesn't hesitate to do mean things to her characters for the sake of a good story, and she does it beautifully here. I was speechless and amazed and applauded when I finished. I really did!

Freeport by maldoror_gw
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Adventure; Duo/Wufei; R
author's summary: Freeport colony: a notorious den of pirates, smugglers and thieves. Wufei persuades one of its denizens, his one-time ally Duo, to help him catch a killer hiding there. Agent Chang thinks he knows what to expect from this case, from Freeport and from Duo Maxwell. He couldn't be more wrong.
length: complete at 35 chapters, 324,404 words
setting: 5 years after the end of the tv series, sort-of Endless Waltz compliant
s2m's comments: Maldoror comes through once again with an amazingly crafted and intricate story, this time featuring my two favorite pilots. :3 The amount of thought invested into the colony's creation is outstanding, and it's almost a third main character. I am impressed! But then, this IS a Maldoror fic, so yeah. ^^V

Trial and Error by maldoror_gw
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Duo/Heero, Trowa/Quatra, Relena/Wufei; PG-13
author's summary: Heero Yuy's mission planner: Date: AC199. Mission objective: Finding compatible mates for Gundam Pilots 2, 3, 4 and 5. Timeframe: Undefined. Difficulty: Moderate, despite lack of personal information on the subject of romantic affection. How hard can it be to get people to fall in love?
length: complete at 15 chapters, 36,938 words
setting: after Endless Waltz
s2m's comments: I'm glad I chose to read this, since I needed to laugh, and this fic delivers! XD Heero's oblivious POV completely makes the fic!

Upon a Fiery Steed by Vathara
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Hana Yori Dango (Boys Over Flowers)

Comedy of Eros by alianora
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Makino/Domyouji; PG-13
author's summary: Domyouji and Makino can't get something as simple as basic biology wrong, can they?
length: one-shot at 1,049 words
setting: dorama, after the series
s2m's comments: A perfect extension of canon, this fic had me snickering all the way through. Domyouji can be such an ass, but I (and Makino) love him anyway. ^^

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Hanna Is Not a Boy's Name

i, vampire by Ede
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: The first night after Conrad's life is ruined, he tries to eat a pizza.
length: one-shot at 1,845 words
setting: starts in chapter one, and continues through what there is of canon
s2m's comments: What the summary doesn't tell you is this fic is a touching character study of Conrad adapting to his new life. The author expanded upon his character very well--much better than canon ever did. The ending definitely pushes the right buttons for me. X3

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Hark! A Vagrant

All In A (Sexy) Day's Work by renquise
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: Days off are really challenging when you're a Strong Female Character. Dang, Susan can’t even go out to pick up the newspaper in the morning without posing strategically in her action negligée and punching out the mailman.
length: one-shot at 1,030 words
setting: make sure you've met H!AV's version of Wonder Woman
s2m's comments: BAHAHAHAHA!!! XD

Analysis of the Implicit Rules of Expletive Infixation, An (Or, Where the Fuck do You Put the Fucking Fuck?) by salifiable
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; R
author's summary: In which Vanessa and the Mystery Solving Teens Uncover a Dastardly Plot, Participate in Civic Life, Stake Out a Villain's Headquarters, Lie to a Small Child, and Ramble through Nature Au Naturel. Or, How Vanessa Dragged the Mystery Solving Teens Toward Graduation while Committing Aggravated Assault on the Rules of English Grammar.
length: one-shot at 7,943 words
setting: you just need to know the Mystery Solving Teens and Vanessa
s2m's comments: I DID NOT STOP LAUGHING. Seriously. Completely hilarious and fun! XD

Grapeshot Through The Heart (And You're To Blame) by IncurableNecromantic
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Nemesis/Pirate; PG
author's summary: William Frederick, captain of the H.M.S. Jurisprudence, is truly, madly, helplessly in loathe with the infamous pirate, Black Nate o' Bedlam. The feeling is mutual.
length: one-shot at 7,039
setting: you just need to know the Nemesis and Pirate characters
s2m's comments: This fic is comedic gold, from the text-messages via semaphor to chest-to-chest sword crossing. *snicker* Hilarious, glorious, and one I will definitely be rereading! ^^V

Shipmates by zlot
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Nemesis/Pirate; G
author's summary: "A pair of immoveable combatants, locked in an eternal struggle.” He puffed his pipe. “That’s what one o’ them newspapers called us,” he added, complacently.
length: one-shot at 3,948 words
setting: before, during, and after the current set (end of 2012) of H!AV comics featuring this pair
s2m's comments: I've always enjoyed Ms. Beaton's comics of these two men, and this fic is a glorious expansion of their true love. A must-read for anyone who enjoys the webcomic!

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Harry Potter

I have so many recs for HP because I find so many recs for HP! Give the other fandoms a chance to catch up!

Accountable by Dyce
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Snape; PG-13, dub-con
author's summary: The war is over. Hermione Granger's life, while safer, is no less complicated. Victory has had unintended consequences which affect not only Hermione, but all those around her.
length: complete at 31 chapters, 166,408 words
setting: Hermoine's final year at Hogwarts, AU from canon after book 6
s2m's comments: I have no interest in baby!fic, but this one was definitely worth reading. Obviously, since I've linked it here! The author has managed to take a fanfic trope and spin it into a heart-wrenching story that does not glorify pregnancy or taking care of an infant. I must also salute her for writing a Harry/Ginny ship I genuinely liked! This fic kept me reading for 24 hours, as I just had to know what was going to happen next.

All Life is Yours to Miss by Saras_Girl
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: Professor Malfoy's world is contained, controlled, and as solitary as he can make it, but when an act of petty revenge goes horribly awry, he and his trusty six-legged friend are thrown into Hogwarts life at the deep end and must learn to live, love and let go.
length: complete at 4 chapters, 114,741 words
setting: 14 years after book7, not epilogue compliant
s2m's comments: This lovely story isn't so much about the romance as it is about Draco learning how to reach out to other people and come out of his rooms for more than work. Beautiful, really! *happy sigh*

Amateur Cartography by worksofstone
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Hermione/Draco, Ginny/Harry; PG-13
author's summary, slightly shortened: That one-night stand with Draco Malfoy was a mistake. Hermione doesn't make mistakes, or at least she isn't supposed to. So, why is she still sleeping with Draco Malfoy, ex-Death Eater and infamous pureblood? And why isn't she certain that she wants to stop?
length: one-shot at 20,995 words
setting: a few years after Voldie's defeat, canon compliant except for pairings
s2m's comments: This is a purely enjoyable fic. Told entirely from Hermione's POV, with delightful hints as to what Draco might be thinking. The friendship between Hermione and Ginny is lovely, too!

Applied Cultural Anthropology, or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Cruciatus by jacobk
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; side Hermione/Neville; R
author's summary: Albus Dumbledore always worried about the parallels between Harry Potter and Tom Riddle. But let's be honest, Harry never really had the drive to be the next dark lord. Of course, things may have turned out quite differently if one of the other muggle-raised Gryffindors wound up in Slytherin instead.
length: complete at 18 chapters, 162,375 words
setting: AU from the sorting in book1
s2m's comments: Here is a fascinating AU! It really explores the potential of Slytherin!Hermione. I particularly like how the author doesn't stick to canon events--the AU has definitely changed things. Hermione's self-doubt about following Tom's path--especially with regards to her friends/minion recruitment is done well. Watch Hermione hold her own and be more than the sidekick! ^^V (Draco fans take note, he is not a noble character in this fic.)

Top 10%!!1! Balance of Power series: Harry Potter and the Slytherin Connection, Harry Potter and the Unexpected Inheritance, and Harry Potter and the Trelawney Prophecy by KrystalRoze
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ginny/Harry; R
author's summary: It's Harry's fifth year and he's finally able to escape the Dursleys only to find that Voldemort has other plans. After numerous failed attempts to rid himself of the Gryffindor brat, Lord Voldemort now knows he must change tactics.
length: complete at 3 fics, 201,153 words
setting: written after book 4, AU of years 5-7
s2m's comments: The remarkable thing about this fic is how expertly the author walked the fine line of turning Harry to Voldie's side--all without making Harry actually dark. I love that the author's Voldie isn't crazy, but is cold, calculating and manipulative. In other words, the perfect Slytherin! Watching Harry mature is also a treat. I do wish the series moved a touch more slowly, and that we had more insight into Harry's mind, but as-is the fic is definitely amazing and a game changer and very much worth reading! Excellent job. C: It's also neat to see how much of HP canon the author guessed right.

Before Peace by furiosity
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry, side Millicent/Neville; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Before peace, there must be war. The wizarding world's war is over, but Draco Malfoy's own war -- against memory and against himself -- is yet to be fought.
length: complete at 31 chapters, 114,211 words
setting: after book6 and a fanon ending to war
s2m's comments: I don't think I've ever read a Drarry with such gaynst and self hatred. O.o Very different from the usual Drarry fic! The established sort-of-relatipnshp is frustrating at first, but then intriguing as we slowly learn what happened. Draco and Harry are put through the wringer in this one. My only real complaint about this fic is that the author relies heavily on the trope of Draco thinking something, only to find he actually said it aloud. It happens in almost every chapter. :P

Best Revenge, The by Arsinoe de Blassenville
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: AU. Yes, the old Snape retrieves Harry from the Dursleys formula. I just had to write one. Everything changes, because the best revenge is living well. T for Mentor Snape's occasional naughty language. Supportive Minerva
length: complete at 47 chapters, 213,669 words
setting: AU from Harry's 11th birthday
s2m's comments: I've read and recced quite a few mentor!Snape fics, but this one stands out for taking things a bit differently than the norm and my own expectations. I like this author's Harry, too. ^^ Definitely well-written and an enjoyable read!

Best Revenge, The: Time of the Basilisk by Arsinoe de Blassenville
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: AU: The continuation of Book I. [highlight to read:]Not all of Tom Riddle is gone. A mysterious journal and a new Defense teacher pose challenges for Harry and his guardian. T for Mentor Snape's occasional naughty language. Supportive Minerva
length: complete at 30 chapters, 108,739 words
setting: the 2nd half of Harry's first year at Hogwarts
s2m's comments: A glorious sequel, just as good as its predecessor! I am still impressed that Arsinoe de Blassenville was able to take the well-done premise of mentor!Snape and the retelling of the first two books and gives us something delightfully different!

Better Be Slytherin! by jharad17
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: As a first year, Harry is sorted into Slytherin instead of Gryffindor, and no one is more surprised than his new Head of House. Snape mentors Harry fic.
length: complete at 51 chapters, 175,130 words
setting: AU at book 1, but remains true to most of canon established before that
s2m's comments: My favorite Harry-in-Slytherin! Poor Harry deserves all the protection and guidance he can get, and this fic delivers. Snape's eventual understanding of Harry is handled well and with grace.

Top 10%!!1! Birthday Present, The by excessivelyperky
genre; ship; rating: Drama; no main ones, side pairings of Lucius/Snape and (highlight b/c spoilery: Molly/Snape); NC-17 graphic violence, torture, rape, dub-con, incest, and even--wait for it--brief beastiality. DAY-UM. O.o
author's summary: Snape and his apprentices form a bond which may never be broken, not even in death. And at the end of it, Severus Snape is able to perform a spell that he has never been able to do before.
length: complete massic epic at 85 chapters, 885,268 words
setting: AU of Harry's 6th year
s2m's comments: OMG. How do I even begin? Snape. This fic is about Snape, and his journey to appease both his light and dark masters, all while dealing with some serious health problems and trying to stay alive...with varying levels of success for all of it. This fic is NOT a light, easy read--just look at those warnings. I found it completely engrossing, and unlike the other long epics I've read, not once did I feel the need to take a breather. I particularly admire how the author wrote each character's POV so adroitly. The adults read like adults, the teens like teens, the kids like kids, and the crazies like crazies. I know well how difficult that is! *hats off to the author*

Bitten by Aucta Sinistra
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Harry/Snape; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Harry has to track down a vampire who has...surprising family ties.
length: one-shot at 27,280 words
setting: Harry is 21, three years after this fanon's version of Voldie's death
s2m's comments: It's fun to read a Snape/Harry comedy, when the pairing usually lends itself so well to drama and angst. Uncle Dracula pretty much steals the show. :3

Top 10%!!1! Blood Magic by GatewayGirl
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R
author's summary: Blood magic was supposed to keep Harry safe, but his relatives are expendable. Blood magic was supposed to keep Harry looking like his adoptive father, but it's wearing off. Blood is a bond, but so is the memory of hate -- or love.
length: complete at 84 chapters, 337,748 words
setting: AU after book 5
s2m's comments: I lost two days of my life to marathoning this fic, and I have no regrets. Well-written, a gripping plot, appealing to several of my favorite things to see in stories, and an amazingly well-done friendship built between Harry and Draco. *applauds*

Blood and Choice by GatewayGirl
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Blood relatives matter; so does the family you choose.
length: complete at 4 chapters, 28,272 words
setting: first Christmas after the previous fic
s2m's comments: I want MOAAARRRR!!! *paws at the fic* Especially since there's some lovely hints of Harry/Draco here... :9

Building with Worn Out Tools by Lomonaaeren
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: HPDM slash. Post War, Post Hogwarts, HBP spoilers. Right smack in the middle of a stormy divorce from Ginny, Harry has no reason to be attracted to his Arguer, Draco Malfoy. I mean, it's Malfoy. COMPLETE
length: complete at 33 chapters, 129,552 words
setting: after book 6, set several years after the author's version of Voldie's defeat
s2m's comments: It's kind of nice to read Harry/Draco when they're both adults. Lomonaaeren has taken some unusual ideas with this fic! Careful if you're a Ginny fan, there's some serious character bashing in this one.

Bundle of Joy by LadyTuesday
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Snape, side Ginny/Harry; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: Seeking: An intelligent, capable wizard amenable to assisting a bright, independent, magically-formidable single witch in the conception of a child. Insemination only: no sexual congress; non-negotiable. Dignity and discretion of utmost importance. Address all inquiries by owl to Joy Bundle, Box # 1086, Hogsmeade Village.
length: ocomplete at 11 chapters, 61,302 words
setting: A few years after book7, mostly epilogue-compliant
s2m's comments: A very enjoyable read! I ran across this one mentioned as a fic that makes you ":D", and I must agree. Both Hermione and Severus have self-doubt issues and their own mutual history to overcome, and I just ate it all up with a spoon. Good times! :D indeed!

but hold me fast, let me not go by snottygrrl
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry, OFC/Draco, Ginny/Harry; PG-13, mpreg
author's summary: An unexpected encounter with Harry Potter changes Draco Malfoy's entire life. Now things have changed again, and it might be time to let Harry know.
length: one-shot at 4,493 words
setting: during the epilogue
s2m's comments: This short and powerful one-shot paints a fascinating picture. The situation Draco faces could completely blow up, it could go well, it could simply be a mess, but will definitely change everything! I must salute the author for creating such a fascinating scenario, and can only wish the characters good luck sorting it out. Oh my! Luna's short scene is also worth a mention, because she alllmost steals the show. ^^

Cambiare Podentes: Invocare by Jordan Grant
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Angst; Harry/Snape; NC-17, graphic sex, rape unfortunately, possible abuse triggers
author's summary: A new prophecy comes to light, one that promises death for Harry Potter and enslavement for the wizarding world, unless Harry himself consents to being enslaved--irrevocably and for life--to Severus Snape.
length: complete at 51 chapters, 302,717 words
setting: after book 5
s2m's comments: This fic is disturbing. It's the darkest one I have recced on this page, and I mean it. It is also very well-written, gripping, handles an overused trope extremely well, and put my heart through the wringer. As good as it is, everyone, do NOT embark upon this one lightly. I knew going in it was dark, and the warnings were not exaggerated. *shivers* D=

Canon Rape by velvet-mace
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Care of Magical Creatures by mia madwyn
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Snape; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: MLC-Seventh Year student Hermione Granger decides to marry the one eligible wizard who did not ask for her-the horrid but powerful Severus Snape. Angst, humor and lemons. Award Winner COMPLETE
length: complete at 67 chapters, 300,379 words
setting: AU after book five, starts just before 7th year at Hogwarts
s2m's comments: This fic has a wonderfully IC Snape and Hermoine. Their relationship progresses believably, and while I do think the author became quite carried away with detailing the continuous emotional impacts felt by Snape and Hermoine...welp, we can always skim those parts to rediscover the plot. ^^ This fic does very interesting things with Voldemort's power and a take on Muggle religion. And I found myself wishing for MORE Harry and Ron involvement, instead of less! There's a first. Heh! (Also the title isn't a good match for the fic, but that's just my opinion.)

Case of the Unwelcome Owl, The by FayJay
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Claiming Hermione by ilke
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Draco; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: "This doesn't change anything, Granger. We're not friends." Draco said. "I know." Hermione sat unmoving, listening to his retreating footfalls. She felt pretty certain that, in fact, it changed everything.
length: abandoned WIP at 33 chapters, 118,833 words
setting: AU after book 5, set in their seventh year
s2m's comments: The title of this fic is what caught my attention, and I read it expecting a thin excuse for wish fulfillment. Instead, I found an amazingly realized romance between such polar characters. In fact, this fic even helped me figure out why I like Draco/Hermione so much! The sex scenes can be a bit much (and from me--given the sheer amount of fic that I've read--that's really saying something. But they're rather unique, I must admit!)

Come Once Again and Love Me by laventadorn
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Lily/Severus, a little Lily/James; R
author's summary: Severus wakes up in the afterlife expecting something rather different than being almost-seventeen again. Seriously, what kind of game is this? But wait - Lily's come back, too - from 1981? Perhaps it's a second chance... but to do what?
length: complete at 25 chapters, 188,760 words
setting: briefly after Snape's canon death, then to when he and Lily are 16
s2m's comments: Fics that suck me in and refuse to let me go until I finish are both a joy and an irritation. Ha! Yes, this fic is definitely one of them. The author has a beautiful way with words. She isn't afraid to put her characters through the wringer--and take us along for the ride. This fic sheds a new perspective upon the Marauders, one that canon barely touches. Also the author has an interesting interpretation about Dark Arts and how it affects the user. Completely engrossing, in plot and characterization!

Comes Out of Darkness Morn by Lightning on the Wave
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Conquering of Harry Potter('s Virginity), The by FantasyFiend09
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Draco/Harry, a side of Pansy/Neville; R
author's summary: After Draco acquires the knowledge that Harry Potter has had a very sad (non-existent really) sex life, he sees it as his personal duty to be the Saviour's hero for once and show him how it's done. And Draco is totally the right person for that.. although he may not actually have had sex before either.
length: one-shot at 8,377 words
setting: a few years after Voldie's defeat
s2m's comments: Ahhhh, this fic is fun, fluffy, and quite delightful. X3 Draco is so transparently earnest to save Harry, his rescue plan gloriously researched, and Harry so adorable. I love everything about this fic. Warm fuzzies for all!!!

Delicate Sound of Thunder by Duinn Fionn
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Desk Duty by mosylu
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: A librarian's job is never done...especially not at Hogwarts...and especially when a certain toadlike High Inquisitor is nosing around.
length: one-shot at 2,019 words
setting: book5, before the twins' grand exit
s2m's comments: Let's be honest, not many people write from Madam Pince's POV. I know this fic is a first for me! But even with that novelty, this little fic is an amusing and satisfying visit to Hogwart's unique library, and gives us a different perspective on those intrusive students and their insistence on touching the precious books. And then Umbrage walks inside. Ha! Short and fun. :D

Determined Frame of Mind, A by Lomonaaeren
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Draco: Phoenix Rising by Cheryl Dyson
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Hermoine/Draco, R
author's summary: This is my version of Book Seven, and it begins shortly after The Half Blood Prince, so ignore Deathly Hallows. I've tried to remain true to the characters and canon, but I've added one element JKR seems to leave out: ROMANCE!
length: complete at 52 chapters, 151,729 words
setting: after book 6
s2m's comments: The first word that springs to mind about this fic is "charming". It's a fun read, has an engaging story, and some unique twists I've never come across before in HP fic. It's also a lighter Draco/Hermione fic than the others I have recced.

Dreaming Spires, The by DementorDelta
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Harry/Snape; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Severus Snape gets on with his life after Voldemort's defeat.
length: one-shot at 29,102 words
setting: three years after an AU version of Voldie's defeat
s2m's comments: Told very effectively from Snape's POV, I enjoyed watching Muggle!Snape explain away magic and try to come to grips with his new lab assistant, Harry Potter. Emotional and poignant! I do wish we'd learned more about the specific magic involved, though. Both ends of it. But this is a fic focused on Snape and Harry's relationship, so there you go. ^^

Eclipse by PhoenixSong
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary, shortened: The old rivalry turns deadly when Draco abducts Harry for Voldemort. It's the perfect plan, guaranteeing revenge, power, and prestige, all in one blow. But when Draco's world turns upside down, the fight to save himself and Harry begins, and the battle will take them both through hell and back. If they come back. Harry/Draco slash, Post-OotP.
length: complete at 18 chapters, 282,251 words
setting: early in their 6th year, written after book 5
s2m's comments: I am left in awe at PhoenixSong's skills. It takes an amazing author to keep endless pages of dialogue from turning boring or repetitive, but she pulls it off amazingly! Harry and Draco learn much about each other in those long conversations, and they are intersperced with just the right amount of comedy and action. Definitely a must-read for every Harry/Draco fan!

Educating Draco by Padfoot the Marauder
genre; ship; rating: Drama, PWP; Hermione/Draco; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: After accidentally hearing Hermione getting herself off in the shower, Draco realises that he isn’t the only one pretending to be something he isn’t.
length: complete at 2 chapters, 14,720 words
setting: AU after book 5
s2m's comments: Reversing fandom tropes can be very interesting, and this fic pulls it off in spades. Draco is the blushing virgin, and Hermione the experienced lover with high libido. If ever a fic would send me to my bunk, it would be this one! *swoon* Click on "next" near the top for chapter 2.

Faith by Dragongirl16
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: What if the wizarding world turned its back on Harry? Who will stay true? Who can he turn to? What will he do? A HD romance in the works!
length: complete at 48 chapters, 338,340 words
setting: after book 4
s2m's comments: This fic has an awesome beginning! The story drags in the middle and I had to force myself to finish it, but the beginning is definitely worth a read. Stick it out through Christmas. ^^ Unfortunately the author loves to refer to characters with epithets rather than names, so you'll see a large amount of "the dark-haired boy", "the green-eyed youth", "the animagus, "the werewolf", "the ethereal platinum blond with eyelashes like spun sugar" (okay, I made that one up) but you get the idea. The beginning is where the good stuff is at!!

Top 10%!!1! Fallout by Sage
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; Hermione/Draco; NC-17, graphic sex and graphic violence
author's summary: Hermione learns about growing up through the redemption of Draco Malfoy.
length: complete at 49 chapters, 311,409 words
setting: after book 5, stretching four years into the future
s2m's comments: I am speechless to do this fic justice. I fear this one will ruin me for every other Draco/Hermione story out there... O= This fic is very dark and can be disturbing. You have to join the site to read, but it's free and definitely worth it.

Family Like None Other, A by Aspeninthesunlight
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Fate is a Four-Letter Word by Philo
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Harry/Kingsley/Snape; NC-17, BDSM, graphic sex, and graphic violence
author's summary: Harry's only aim has been to create a safe and happy life for his family, but his efforts are destroyed one spring afternoon. Harry meets new friends and old enemies, old friends and new enemies, whilst trying to find a path through a changing world.
length: complete at 105 chapters, 550,310 words
setting: about 20 years after book 7, mostly epilogue compliant
s2m's comments: This story has the most involved and suspenseful murder mystery I've ever found in fanfic! Harry's romantic entanglements are almost a side-story to the focus of learning who exactly was behind the murder. A complicated and well-planned fic that was a joy to read. My only quibble is that the sex scenes can seem almost shoehorned into the story. For once, I kind of wish the author just faded to black. Never mind the sex though, read for the mystery! And the unconventional romance. *wink*

Fathers, Who Could Do with a Spot of Sinning by blamebrampton
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Freedom and not Peace by Lightning on the Wave
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Friend Number Three by riptey
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Hermione/Draco; R
author's summary: How do you deal with the Pureblood aristocracy, Ministry corruption, Muggle culture invasions, and constant questions about your love life while juggling more than two friends and not being a total jerk? Don't ask Draco: he doesn't know.
length: complete at 26 chapters, 138,388 words
setting: Nine years after book 7, ignores the epilogue
s2m's comments: This fic accomplishes something so easy to abuse: its focus is on Draco's emotional problems and how he fixes them, told in a fun, light, and very entertaining manner. The shippy aspect enhances Draco's journey in a delightful way. Also the fic has some great OCs. :3 Note: it is NOT a coffeeshop AU. I must salute the author for a fic well-done!

Girl in the War by astridfire
genre; ship; rating: Drama; girl!Harry/various; R
author's summary: Who says you can't fight evil and be pretty? A Girl!Harry AU, starting with Rose Potter's first year at Hogwarts.
length: WIP at 24 chapters, 146,846 words
setting: genderswap AU, begins with book1
s2m's comments: This fic is quite addictive. The author's girl!harry is brilliantly portrayed in both thought and actions. Her love life keeps you guessing, and I found the beauty pageant queen angle surprisingly fitting and useful. (Wow, never thought I'd be writing THAT particular sentence!) My only real regret about this fic is I wish author hadn't named girl!Harry "Rose". Oh well!

Giving Extras by whitehound
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Post DH fic. He was sure he was going to die. He was sure he had died. Only somebody seemed to have decided to give him a new lease of life he hadn't asked for. Follows on from Flower Remedy and examines Snape's memories in detail.
length: abandoned WIP at 9 chapters, 61,037 words
setting: 20 years after book 7 ends, epilogue compliant
s2m's comments: The author starts with an unusual and humorous premise and spins it into an amazing character study of Snape and his choices in life. This fic is very much a character drama, and it provides some intriguing angles on the motivations of Dumbledore and Snape himself. This is a serious and dramatic fic with just the right touch of humor to balance things out. Yes, it is a spin-off of a drabble by the same author, but she kindly includes the drabble for us in chapter 1. ^^

Happy Father's Day, Harry Potter! by cragarrows
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: Harry learns that he is the last surviving Heir of Gryffindor, and that Prophecy says an Heir of Gryffindor will destroy Voldemort. This is why Voldemort wants Harry dead. Harry has a cunning plan to exploit Voldemort's faith in the Prophecy -- or did Dumbledore think of it first?
length: one-shot at 5,171 words
setting: between book 4 and book 5
s2m's comments: Delightfully twisted. So much so that apparently some people can't even finish it. *evil laughter*

Harry amidst the Vaults of Stone by NothingPretentious
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Following the fall of Voldemort, it is up to the Gringotts goblins to carry out the terms of the Potters' will. What will happen when young Harry Potter - halfblood, Parselmouth, curse-scarred, outsider - is raised in the stalagmite city of Underfoot?
length: stalled WIP at 28 chapters, 157,245 words
setting: goes AU at the very beginning of book1
s2m's comments: What makes this fic fascinating and so very worth reading is the depth of thought the author invested into it. The worldbuilding is amazing, and much more detailed (and logical...) than JKR gave us back in book1. Goblin society as the author writes it is rich and gloriously complicated, and it has a profound effect on Harry. But it's completely logical--if Harry grew up with loving parents, in a magical and non-human society, with proper food and a nurtured interest in learning...of course he's going to be different from canon! This is a fabulous take on the raised-differently!AU for Harry. Good stuff. ^^V

Harry Potter and the Eagle of Truthiness by Christine Morgan
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Harry Potter and the Methods of Rationality by Less Wrong
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: Petunia married a professor, and Harry grew up reading science and science fiction. Then came the Hogwarts letter, introducing strange new opportunities to exploit. And new friends, like Hermione, and Professor McGonagall, and Professor Quirrell.
length: complete at 122 chapters, 661,619 words
setting: AU from very beginning
s2m's comments: Put on your thinking caps and keep a dictionary handy, because this fic features a Harry who THINKS and has plans for World Optimization. Irreverent, hilarious, and delightfully chilling at times. What a brain-twisting fun read! XD

Harry Potter and the Nightmares of Futures Past by S'TarKan
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Ginny/Harry, Hermione/Ron, Luna/Neville; R graphic violence, off-screen rape
author's summary: The war is over. Too bad no one is left to celebrate. Harry makes a desperate plan to go back in time, even though it means returning Voldemort to life. Now an 11 year old Harry with 30 year old memories is starting Hogwarts. Can he get it right?
length: WIP at 41 chapters, 409,130 words
setting: after book 6
s2m's comments: This author brings us another total AU, and does it with style. His knowledge of psychology and PSTD shines true in this amazing fic that's part adventure, part trajedy, and part character study of one Harry Potter. Fantastic! I do wish he'd let himself think outside the canon box in regards to pairings, and as both a Snape and Draco fan, this fic is rather harsh on them. Fellow Slytherin fans, beware! It's still worth reading, though! ^^

NEW!!!1! Harry's Cousins by speculating
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: The Dursleys have never wanted Harry, so when he fortuitously stumbles across a book on Wizard Family Trees, he writes a letter, hoping to find another family to take him in, hopefully one that won't mind when he does 'freaky' stuff...
length: stalled WIP at 23 chapters, 161,746 words
setting: AU, splits from canon before book1
s2m's comments: A beautifully crafted AU! I must marvel how the author slowly shows us the Malfoy family's changing beliefs, and I love how Severus and Lupin are included in the story. It would have been so easy for the author to dissolve into Dumbledore bashing. But the author treats him fairly! An excellent read that deals with racism and prejudice, I must say.

Harry's First Detention by kbinnz
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: AU one-shot about Harry’s first detention with Snape. Take one mistreated boy, one misinformed man, mix well and watch what happens.
length: one-shot at 8,053 words
setting: AU a week or two into Harry's first year at Hogwarts
s2m's comments: This fic sets an amazing stage for the epic that follows, which you'll find right below! X3

Harry's New Home by kbinnz
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: One lonely little boy. One snarky, grumpy git. When the safety of one was entrusted to the other, everyone knew this was not going to turn out well... Or was it? Sequel to "Harry's First Detention". AU.
length: complete at 64 chapters, 318,389 words
setting: AU a week or two into Harry's first year at Hogwarts
s2m's comments: My favorite of the abused!Harry fics, as disturbing as that sounds. Kbinnz has done a great job dealing with Snape and showing how Harry comes to think of him. *thumbs up* Nice job!

Harveste Addams Series, The by kyaru-chan
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Heart Over Mind by Regann
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Snape; PG-13
author's summary: Something odd about Hermione causes her to have unexpected reaction to a love potion. Only it's one which no one expected. How could a lack of reaction cause so much trouble? AU to Books 5 and 6.
length: complete at 27 chapters, 186,622 words
setting: after book 4
s2m's comments: I never thought I'd like a story with this particular pairing, but the fic came highly recced, so I gave it a try and was sucked in. Very well-written with excellent character development that makes an improbable romance believable. It's nice to read a fic that challenges my vocabulary, too. ^^ And no, I'm not telling you the pairing, that's the surprise. :P

Home for Wayward Elves, The by lightgetsin
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Hermione/Harry, one-sided Dracy/Harry; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Hermione cleans house and tries her hand at rehabilitation.
length: one-shot at 5,758 words
setting: after fanon ending to the war
s2m's comments: Here is a bittersweet story with Hermione desperately working to help the house elves and taking comfort in her relationship with Harry. And then there's Draco, watching from the shadows. My my my!

If This be Error by Nimori
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Harry/Snape; R
author's summary: Harry has a simple spell to guarantee Snape's loyalty. Naturally, he makes a mess of it.
length: one-shot at 12,784 words
setting: after book6
s2m's comments: Most Harry/Snape comedies don't work for me at all, but this one pulls it off magnificently! I laughed and snickered and whooped all the way through it. XD I particularly enjoyed the author's take on their choice and circumstances of their final horcrux. How very interesting! A shoo-in read for something to make you laugh, and marvel. ^^V

In Plain Sight by oldenuf2nb
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: Draco Malfoy had stopped believing his wishes would be granted long ago. He could perhaps be forgiven for being startled, then, when one of them came true.
length: one-shot at 37,500 words
setting: after book7, ignoring the epilogue
s2m's comments: A fun, solid fic. I admire how the castle features in this story, particlarly because it's rare to find an author who features Hogwarts! I also like what the author did with Ron. They made him not-annoying in his reaction to Harry's choice of boyfriend, for once!

In Plain Sight by poysin
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: When Dumbledore finds an abused Harry, he decides Harry needs to go into hiding. Under the guise of a Student exchange program, Harry's id is changed and he is resorted into Slytherin.
length: complete at 23 chapters, 1 author's note, and an epilogue, 84,693 words
setting: AU after book 5
s2m's comments: An unusual method to get Harry in Slytherin. I like it! The author has some grammar and spelling issues, but the story is gripping. Definitely worth reading!

Isolation by Bex-chan
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Draco; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: He can't leave the room. Her room. And it's all the Order's fault. Confined to a small space with only the Mudblood for company, something's going to give. Maybe his sanity. Maybe not. "There," she spat. "Now your Blood's filthy too!"
length: complete at 48 chapters, 278,881 words
setting: after book 6
s2m's comments: Part of the joy of a great Dramoine fic is watching how the author tackles the problems that stand in the way. Dramoine can't just happen overnight, it takes time. This fic uses the locked-in-a-room-together trope and makes it work, without being too Stockholm-y. Hermoine in the beginning is a bit much, but she IS under a great deal of pressure, so...also it seems information about Horcruxes is easily found all over the place in this fic's version of canon. It works, I suppose! The fic is still quite engrossing!

Kiss a Boy in London Town (And Other Intimate Misadventures of a Society Whore) by Femme
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Draco/Harry; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: There's only one cardinal sin for a whore. (Harry/Draco)
length: one-shot at 36,437 words
setting: about 12 years afer the defeat of Voldie, somewhat epilogue compliant
s2m's comments: An engaging fic written in canon-character first person, I think this is an enjoyable read. I normally don't care much for holiday fic, but here it works to advance the plot, and I didn't mind at all! I am amused at high sex scene/word count ratio, but given Draco's employment, it makes sense, and none of the scenes seemed forced or out of place for the story.

Last Gift, The by Keina Snape
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R, graphic violence in a couple chapters
author's summary: Harry receives a very special gift for his 16th birthday, which quickly comes in handy when things get really bad at Privet Drive this summer. But when he finds refuge at Snape's,everything starts to get complicated.
length: abandoned WIP at 51 chapters, 440,274 words
setting: AU after book 5
s2m's comments: D'awww...Harry as Snape's kitty! :3 The first few chapters are rough, but they smooth out by chapter 10 or so! A fun idea with some interesting plot twists. This is the official English translation, as the fic is actually written in French, and is here. The translation is rather rough for the first few chapters, but it does smooth out.

Lights Out by Phoebe (Emeraldwoman)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Hermione/Draco; R
author's summary doesn't exist, so here's my version: Draco is stuck patrolling Hogwards with Hermione, much to his disgust. Their time together each week becomes a test to see who wins.
length: one-shot at 10,249 words
setting: Hermione and Draco are sixteen
s2m's comments: It takes a huge number of words to make Dramoine work, but this fic accomplishes it in only 10k! I admire how the author spins the pair's competetive natures into something physical. After all, not every sexual relationship is based on love.

Lily's Charm by notevenhere
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ginny/Harry, Lily/Snape; R
author's summary: In a story spanning two decades, Lily and Severus attempt to control the powers of the Dark Mark after Lily's life is threatened. Seventeen years later, Harry uncovers a long-buried truth about his parents.
length: complete at 55 chapters, 283,664 words
setting: summer after 5th year
s2m's comments: This is my third Snape-is-Harry's-biological-father fic, and it's a solid read. This fic has become a fandom classic, and I can see why. I liked that Voldie is defeated in this first installment, and the progression of the relationship betwen Harry and Snape was done well. But Draco fans beware, this fic treats him like canon. Also I admit, the Ginny/Harry ship turned me off, but that's my preference. There are two sequels, but I chose not to read them. (This much G/H was enough for me.)

Little Problem of Virginity, A by beren_writes
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, PWP; Fred/George/Harry; NC-17, graphic sex, incest
author's summary: Harry wakes up on his sixteenth birthday and decides that he does not want to die a virgin.
length: one-shot at 4,463 words
setting: AU after book 5
s2m's comments: Well, now. I said I wanted to read some good Fred/George/Harry, and a friend of mine certainly delivered with this rec! One I now pass on to you. ^^ This fic is as hilarious as it is hot. Oh my, a Weasley Twin Sandwich... *fans herself*

Little Problem of Someone Else's Virginity, A by beren_writes
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, PWP; Draco/Fred/George/Harry; NC-17, graphic sex, incest
author's summary: Going back to Hogwarts Harry notes another who seems to be as depressed as he used to be. He decides to help.
length: one-shot at 7,394 words
setting: follows from previous
s2m's comments: And here's a steamy sequel, featuring my favorite HP slash ship, with a dose of twins. *swoons*

Macbeth by cyropi
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Hermione/Draco; PG-13, off-screen torture
author's summary: 'Come what come may, time and the hour runs through the roughest day.' Voldemort's second rise to power and a part in Shakespeare's infamous Scottish Play make this fitting for Hermione – especially when she discovers a darker side to Draco Malfoy.
length: complete 27 at chapters, 120,368 words
setting: after book5, ignoring the next 2 volumes
s2m's comments: This fic does use the old trope of the two lead actors in a play falling in love, but everything else is completely different! The author uses her love of the classic play to weave a fascinating parallel story, one that even predicts some key plot points of canon book6! A surprisingly refreshing and enjoyable fic.

Made-Up Lullaby #43 by fitofpique
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Harry/Snape ; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: People who say they sleep like a baby don't usually have one
length: one-shot at 20,456 words
setting: after book7, ignoring Severus' death and the epilogue
s2m's comments: Here is a fun comedy with some yummy UST and occasional moments of seriousness. Half of the fic is about the found baby, the other half is about the relationship between Harry and Severus. Satisfying and humerous! And I can say that even though I don't seek out kid!fic. ^^

Top 10%!!1! Marriage Stone, The by Josephine Darcy
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Harry/Snape; R
author's summary: SSHP. To avoid the machinations of the Ministry, Harry must marry a reluctant Severus Snape. But marriage to Snape is only the beginning of Harry's problems. Voldemort has returned, and before too long Harry's marriage may determine the world's fate.
length: abandoned WIP at 77 chapters, 381,147 words
setting: goes AU after book 4
s2m's comments: Take the cliche of an arranged marriage between Snape and Harry, combine it with an author who understands the canon characters and sees their potential behind the books' pages, add a dose of killer fanservice, and you have this fic. ^^ It's also good to see an uber-powered!Harry story handled well. The fic does have a surprising number of simple typos for one with such a high level of writing, but the mistakes are easily overlooked. This is one of the most famous Snape/Harry fics, both for the amazing story and for being abandoned by its author without a word and on a traumatic cliffhanger. An unofficial sequel has been written by a different author, but I did not care for it. In case you might, here is the link: Lynne's AU Ending to The Marriage Stone.

Minister Scrimgeour Does Not Approve by Lomonaaeren
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Draco/Harry; PG-13
author's summary: Postwar, HPDM slash. The Ministry has regulations that prevent Auror partners from dating. Minister Scrimgeour knows Aurors Potter and Malfoy are dating, and he's about to sack Potter any minute now. If he can catch them at it, of course.
length: one-shot at 5,733 words
setting: after fanon ending of war, written after book6
s2m's comments: This hilarious fic uses an outsider's POV to great effect: Scrimgeour's paranoia makes him an unrelaiable narrator, and the reader can't tell if his suspicions are true or not! It makes for a fun and exciting fic, a delightful little package of crack. Heee!

Mirror of Maybe by Midnight Blue
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Harry/Snape; R
author's summary: This fan-fiction involves the slash pairing of Harry Potter and Severus Snape
length: abandoned WIP at 21 chapters, quite a few words
setting: after book 4
s2m's comments: The official summary says nothing, so allow me. Harry is forever changed by his encounter with the Mirror of Maybe. With the information and experiences gleaned from the mirror, he's determined to defeat Voldemort and protect the people he loves. This story is incomplete and hasn't been updated in three years, but it's worth a read! Also consider this fic proof that a canon character as a Gary/Mary Sue can definitely work in the hands of a good writer. ^^V

Muggle-born Magic, A by Musyc
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Draco; R
author's summary, shortened: Regency-era AU. Hermione Granger finds herself in need of a way to pay off her father's debts. Draco Malfoy finds himself in need of a tutor for his son, Scorpius, who appears to be incapable of magic and must learn to survive in a world without it. Draco also needs a wife and mother for Scorpius. As Hermione attempts to teach him about magical abilities no one expected he would ever have, she and Draco work together to raise Scorpius and learn to trust each other.
length: one-shot at 50,358 words
setting: Regency-era AU, with magic! Everyone is years out of Hogwarts, Scorpius is 7, Voldie or any war is never mentioned.
s2m's comments: Beautifully written! I just love imagining Hermione and Draco in period dress. (Too bad there wasn't a white-shirted swim scene, amirite??? Ha!) Anyway, this fic sucked me in. I do wish Hermione had used more magic, but then, this is a Rengency-era fic and women weren't taught to fight back. I love the hints of Draco's attraction to Hermione. :3 Scorpius is written quite well in this fic, particularly for a timid child, which can be hard to pull off. Good job, author! *salutes*

Mustard Seed by rinsbane
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; Harry/Percy, Harry/Hermione/Ron, side Hermione/Ron, side Percy/Snape; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: Harry’s an independent contractor for Gringotts, and he spends a lot of his time in Egypt. Which, really, is easier for Ron and Hermione as well as him. Percy works for Gringotts too, but he works in London, but the goblins keep sending him to Egypt. Bill used to work there, you know, before the war.
length: one-shot at 29,320 words
setting: covers all of Hogwarts to a few years post-fanon war
s2m's comments: This fic is written in a most unusual style, a "horse shoe". It starts in the middle of the story, goes backward in time, then switches POV in the oldest scene and moves forward again, eventually passing the fic's beginning point! It sounds confusing, but it really does work. :D But this fic would be worth reading even if it had a conventional format. It shows amazing character growth, amusing in-jokes, different kinds of intimacy and how they work, awkard relationships, and beautiful imagery! Very lovely, all-around. ^^

Nice Cup of Tea and a Lie Down by Bernice
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Harry, Hagrid, Gen, humour, short.
length: one-shot at 1,325 words
setting: written before book 6
s2m's comments: asdfghjkl;!!1! *headdesk*

Nick in Time, A by Tira Nog
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R
author's summary: Cautious Snape sleeps with his wand under his pillow and wakes to unexpected results.
s2m's more helpful summary: Harry and Snape cannot let their abusive childhoods and years of distrust and hate of each other go. Dumbledore meddles one more time from beyond the grave and reverts both men to their seven-year-old selves, down to their memories and knowledge. Together, the boys learn to trust and how to live without fear.
length: one-shot at 52,215 words
setting: Eight years after non-canon ending of Voldie, written after book 4
s2m's comments: Okay, so this story is amazing. Watching young Harry and Severus figure out their lives in this new place, and with people who love them, is incredibly touching. Young Severus in particular is very well-realized. This fic is a fandom classic and a must-read! Of particular note, this fic made me LIKE Ron, something next to impossible. *laughs* It does have a sequel, but I chose not to rec it. You'll find the link at the bottom of the fic's page.

Night-blooming Heartsease by Julad
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Neville/Snape; R
author's summary doesn't say anything about the actual plot, so...: Neville learns about a plant that could benefit the war effort, and suddenly finds himself herbologist for Snape, much to his terror and Snape's irritation. But times and trials can let a person better understanding of their companions.
length: one-shot at 31,903 words
setting: Neville is an adult, goes AU after book3
s2m's comments: This fic is difficult to stick with at first, because Neville is so helpless and afraid and not like how we're used to thinking of grown up!Neville, but just remember when this fic was written and stick it out. Watching this terrified Neville turn into the competent and heroic one we know is lovely. His changing relationship with Snape is very believable, too. Also beware of that opening quote at the top of the page. It's spoilery!

No Mouth but Some Serpent's by Lightning on the Wave
read its full listing under its prequel, Saving Connor

Old Country by astolat
read its full listing in the crossover section

One Thousand Words by dracofiend
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: AU. What is a picture worth?
length: one-shot at 6,158 words
setting: AU segment of book1
s2m's comments: Here is an intriguing one! A small change to canon affects Harry's first impression of Snape, and things unroll from there. C: I like how the author used the change, but did not let it make everything suddenly wonderful. You guys know I want my characters to work for it! Harry and Snape are definitely their canon selves, and the fic has a sad but fitting end.

Only True Lords, The by Lomonaaeren
genre; ship; rating: Drama; sort of Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: HPDM slash, eventually. Harry accidentally bonds several Slytherins, including Snape and Draco, with him as their Lord. It's going to be a long journey from putting his foot in it all the time to at least trying to be a good one.
length: complete at 63 chapters, 262,921 words
setting: splits from canon in book7 during Harry's final battle with Voldie
s2m's comments: Not even gonna lie: I have a thing for bonding fics. This fic hits all the right buttons for me, particularly with the LACK of romance. Yes, the author declares it's eventually Drarry, but the romance is very slight, but everything WORKS for me. What I particularly like about this fic is how it's focused on Harry and "his" Slytherins doing the best they can in a situation none of them asked for. Each character reacts differently, and it makes for fascinating reading. :D

Open Book, An by sssnakeling
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Harry cooperates better when he's given a little information.
length: one-shot at 4,006 words
setting: book5
s2m's comments: If only this fic were canon! XI I'm amazed how the author brought Harry and Severus to an understanding in less than 5k words. That is NOT easy! This is a very effective set of vignettes, with a lovely ending. I'd read 100k of this!!

Place for Warriors, A by owlsaway
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R
author's summary: Snape and Harry are locked in the Room of Requirement by Dumbledore. Harry's magic works, and Snape's doesn't. Will they kill each other? In response to the 72-Hour Challenge.
length: complete at 28 chapters, 105,908 words
setting: mid-way through book5
s2m's comments: This fic has one of the most interesting psychologial character explorations I have ever read, in fanfic or professional prose. The reprocussions of Dumbledore's and Snape's actions--and their motivations for it--are completely fascinating. And let's not forget how Harry reacts upon learning it all!! DAMN.

Potio by Seeker
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; Lockhart/Snape; NC-17, graphic sex, dub-con
author's summary: Lockhart finds out who he is, and Snape picks up the pieces.
length: one-shot at 11,056 words
setting: a couple weeks after book 2
s2m's comments: I started this as crack fic and ended up being impressed! The author has taken Lockhart's character in a direction I never would have expected. His relationship with Snape is sad and believable, and I hurt for both of them.

Practicing Liars by Lomonaaeren
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: HPDM preslash, Severitus, AU. Harry found out he's Snape's son in his fourth year, and concealed the truth from Snape. Now, in his sixth year, he's dodging Snape's suspicions about him and trying to figure out Draco Malfoy. Life is complicated.
length: complete at 50 chapters, 212,833 words
setting: A brief moment after book 4, then AU of book 6.
s2m's comments: This was my first fic where Snape really is Harry's biological father, and I enjoyed it very much! I do wish the author had lingered more on the effects of this knowledge, and the fallout from Harry's treatment by the Dursleys, but I still found the fic quite engrossing! This is a fun fic to read, with the occasional bit of darkness to keep you on your toes.

Reckless Frame of Mind, A by Lomonaaeren
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Draco/Harry preslash; PG-13
author's summary: Draco is a PsycheDiver, and his newest patient is Auror Potter, who’s been a pathological liar for over a year—and has just tried to violently end his own life.
length: complete at 13 chapters, 54,065 words
setting: after Voldie's defeat, no spoilers for book7, not epilogue compliant
s2m's comments: Sometimes a fic just pushes all the right buttons, and this is one of them. The author has done an amazing job of exploring the ramifications of Harry being so ostracised and unwanted. Draco is more confident and cut-throat than I am used to reading in Drarry fics, but it works with the context. Be cautious of reading this one if your mind is in a fagile place. This is definitely dark!fic.

Determined Frame of Mind, A by Lomon
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance, Suspense; Draco/Harry; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Draco and Harry now face the might of the Ministry in an attempt to discover who cast the Cassandra Curse on Harry. Add in Harry’s trust problems, and it’s a good thing Draco’s confident.
length: complete 24 chapters, 101,603 words
setting: a few days after the end of the previous fic
s2m's comments: A worthy sequel! This fic delivers the payoff from the first fic: the solution to the curse, Harry's various ruined relationships, and of course his developing love with Draco. :3 This one isn't as psychologically dark as the prequel, though Draco can be very ruthless in it.

Resonance by GreenGecko
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; ships are spoilery: Tonks/Harry, FOC/Severus; PG-13
author's summary: Year six and Harry needs rescuing by Dumbledore and Snape. The resulting understanding between Harry and Snape is critical to destroying Voldemort and leads to an offer of adoption. Covers year seven and Auror training. Sequel is Revolution.
length: complete at 79 chapters, 528,272 words
setting: As told by the summary, AU starting with Harry's sixth year
s2m's comments: This fic is a classic in HP fandom, and I believe it is well-deserved. It's one of (if not THE) first Snape-adopts-Harry stories, and has been the inspiration for many authors. This fic isn't just focused on the central plot, but takes the time to explore the various aspects and events of Harry's day-to-day life and the resulting fallout of his significant achievements. A very good read, I was never bored!

Revolution by GreenGecko
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; ships are spoilery: FOC/Severus; PG-13
author's summary: Sequel to Resonance. (Highlight to read)Harry continues his Auror training and begins a journey of mastering his unusual and growing powers. Harry, with the help of his adoptive father, is finally making his own way, but fate and prophecy are never completely absent.
length: complete at 41 chapters, 397,328 words
setting: picks up immediately after Resonance ends
s2m's comments: A sqeuel that lives up to its predecessor! It's amazing to see plot bits GreenGecko laid out early in Resonance come to their full potential here! One of the things I enjoy most about this series is Harry's growth in maturity and physical form. It's lovely to see him becoming a man! Even though he does still stumble, on occasoin. X3

Top 10%!!1! Resolution by GreenGecko
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; ships are spoilery: FOC/Harry, FOC/Severus; R, graphic violence
author's summary: Sequel to Resonance and Revolution. (Highlight to read) Harry enters his second year as an Auror Apprentice. Snape's wedding looms, and Harry's odd new powers mature, creating mayhem, perilous temptations, and opportunities to gain real wisdom.
length: abandoned WIP at 83 chapters, 787,878 words
setting: immediately after Revolution
s2m's comments: This third installment of GreenGecko's Resonance series is so good that at one point, I actually forgot to breathe. Her evil characters are truly evil, not in that cool badass way, but in that psychotoc machiavellian something-is-WRONG-with-this-person way. I can't decide to be happy that it's a WIP (yay, more to read!!) or frustrated (nooo, I want to finish it NOW!!!) Either way, I am very glad GreenGecko still updates! This epicly epic fic series is magnificent. I im in awe. O=

Sacrifices Arc: Saving Connor by Lightning on the Wave
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; PG
author's summary: AU, eventual HPDM slash, very Slytherin!Harry. Harry's twin Connor is the Boy Who Lived, and Harry is devoted to protecting him by making himself look ordinary. But certain people won't let Harry stay in the shadows...
length: complete at 22 chapters, 81,263 words
setting: massive AU of book 1
s2m's comments: I gush about every fic I rec here, but this epic series truly deserves praise. Saving Connor is the beginning of the magnificent Sacrifices Arc, an epic that proves how powerful, gripping, and wonderful fully realized fanfic can be. Intricate plots, unusual characterizations, delightfully twisted canon, a Snape who isn't instantly good, and deviously laid groundwork that comes to fruit hundreds of thousands of words later! Ohhhh yeah! XD Note the author rated her story "M", but I see no reason why. Also the slash doesn't even qualify as "pre-slash" in my opinion, thus I have not listed a pairing. Those who do not care for slash can read this fic without seeing any.

Sacrifices Arc: No Mouth but Some Serpent's by Lightning on the Wave
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: AU of CoS, Slytherin!Harry. Harry goes back to Hogwarts, determined to protect his brother Connor, the Boy Who Lived, and stay in the shadows. But last year two people learned the truth about Harry... and this year, two more will.
length: complete at 33 chapters, 169,197 words
setting: massive AU of book 2
s2m's comments: I find myself at a loss to describe this fic. It's...it's a prime example of what can be done by an author who is both skilled and very very brave. O.o

Sacrifices Arc: Comes Out of Darkness Morn by Lightning on the Wave
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: AU of PoA, Slytherin!Harry. Harry struggles to rebuild himself after the shattering events of his second year. He will finally learn the truths he needs to know...but they're hardly going to be pleasant ones.
length: complete at 51 chapters, 278,941 words
setting: massive AU of book 3
s2m's comments: This third installment has propelled the Sacrifices Arc into one of my fanfic top ten. Canon has nothing on this fic, and I am in awe at the author's depth of writing and continuously amazing use of canon. *is stunned*

Sacrifices Arc: Freedom and not Peace by Lightning on the Wave
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Draco/Harry; NC-17, graphic violence
author's summary: AU of GoF, Slytherin!Harry. Training his brother, negotiating with former Death Eaters, juggling responsibility and duty...Harry's life is running away with him, as he struggles to balance.
length: complete at 86 chapters, 500,864 words
setting: massive AU of book 4
s2m's comments: Lightning's Harry truly shines in this fic, and it's good to see Draco finally make his point clear in no uncertain terms!

Secret of Slytherin, The by Kirinin
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Before Harry's sixth year, he never thought a great deal about how wizards Sort others: by blood, by allegiance, and by House. When those strictures begin to crumble, Harry must find his own way without relying on prejudice or presumption, aided by Severus Snape, Remus Lupin, and an increasingly enigmatic Draco Malfoy.
length: complete at 52 chapters, 174,036 words
setting: starts after book5, ignoring all later canon
s2m's comments: This is a tricksy fic, which is a big part of why I enjoyed it. The author took some unusual turns with the usual HP ficcing fanon and gives us an intriguing drama about family and friendship. (I know Harry seems rather off for the summer after his fifth year, but keep reading. *eyebrow waggle*) The various (gen!) relationships between everyone are truly engaging. You might want to skip the A/N at the beginning and ending of each chapter, the author does tend to go on. Also the fic has a surprisingly large number of canon errors. I hope you can overlook them, as the rest of the story is worth it. :D

Geas of Gryffindor by Kirinin
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; R torture
author's summary: When Harry disrupts the spell to retrieve Sirius from the Veil, Ron and Draco find themselves in the middle of an ongoing war, forced to scramble and strategize as only they can. Elsewhere/when, Albus Dumbledore falls from the Astronomy Tower, Severus Snape is at wit's end, and a desperate Draco Malfoy receives help from an unlikely source. In other words, TAKE THAT, CANON.
length: WIP at 26 chapters, 157,066 words
setting: immediately after the prequel above
s2m's comments: This fic starts with a shock, as we completely change fic types from friendship-AU to canon fix-it for books 6 and 7. I admit, it took a couple chapters for me to accept the shift and become engrossed in the new plot, but I did! This one is a different tale of canon fix-it, as the author doesn't follow the usual path. ^^ Also the author handles doubles of three characters well!!! That must be incredibly difficult. An enjoyable story!

Secrets by Vorabiza
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Draco/Harry; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Beginning with Draco's unexpected arrival at the Dursleys, Harry's summer after sixth year becomes filled with activity and many secrets. As his summer progresses, Harry generates several unexpected allies as he finds himself actively becoming the leader of the Light side. H/D post-HBP
length: complete at 62 chapters, 411,189 words
setting: AU early in the summer after book 6
s2m's comments: This fic is nicely balanced between Harry and Draco's romance and the defeat of Voldemort. I did rather like Vorabiza's badass version of Harry, and particularly how she used the twins! A very fast-paced fic. Not my favorite Drarry, but definitely worth a read. The syntax hasn't aged well, compared with the sophistication to be found in more recent HP fics.

Severus Snape and the Ghost-Written Romance by Cluegirl
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry, Harry/Snape; NC-17
author's summary: HP/DM, HP/SS, Romance, Adventure, Angst, Comedy. A tribute to Cyrano De Bergerac
length: complete 5 chapters, 63,637 words
setting: AU after book 5, fic begins when Harry is 22 years old
s2m's comments: This fic made me truly ache for Snape. He has been my favorite HP character since I read book 1 so many years ago, and this story really emphasizes the reasons why I admire him so much. The author has a distinctive writing style that implies rather than states. To fully grasp events, you need to concentrate on every word and interpret it. A welcome change from the usual "this happens and this and then this and this" fic norm. ^^

SeVeRuS SnApE FaN cLuB, ThE by AcquittedForLife
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: Harry gets tired of Snape making digs at his fame, so he decides to get even. Not a Slash. Occasional references of abuse.
length: stalled WIP at 12 chapters, 13,405 words
setting: AU in book2
s2m's comments: I read this fic as crack, and ended up laughing so much, and even being moved by later chapters, so I just had to rec it. Just go along with the beginning and prepare yourself to laugh. XD

Simply Potterific by Kt Shy and Shagster
genre; ship; rating: Comedy fan comic; a little Hermione/Draco; PG
author's summary: a series of fan comics
length: complete at 25 pages
setting: books 1-6
s2m's comments: Hilarious and well-drawn! I like how the artist used various styles in drawing and coloring. ^^ My personal fave is the mini Dramoine arc. Heeee! X3

Sins of the Fathers by blamebrampton
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Albus Potter/Scorpius; PG-13
author's summary doesn't exist, so...: Scorpius Malfoy loves his father, and flying, and the friends he makes at school. He tries to do his best by everyone, and be a good person worthy of their respect.
length: complete at 4 chapters, 38,457 words
setting: after book7, begins epilogue compliant
s2m's comments: Next-Gen fic has no interest for me, but this fic's inclusion of the regular HP cast--specifically Harry and Draco--decided me to try it. I found a beautifully written story about children finding friends and growing up, and adults mending fences and trying to keep their children out of too much trouble. A lovely tale!

Fathers, Who Could Do with a Spot of Sinning by blamebrampton
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; PG-13
author's summary: After their sons fall in large amounts of teenaged love at school, Draco Malfoy and Harry Potter decide it's finally time to talk like adults about their own ties to each other. If only they could. Meanwhile, events of national importance conspire to distract them.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 64,876 words
setting: after the previous fic
s2m's comments: This fic lives up to its previous installment! It's nice to read a fic where adults think and act like adults...mostly. ^^ The terrorist plot plays a much larger role in the fic than the summary implies, and it intricate and well-thought out! This author is very good at writing engaging OCs, too.

Slave Child by Kristen Hudson
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: A duel with Draco leads to drastic and permanent consequences for both Harry and Severus.
length: abandoned WIP at 79 chapters, 277,351 words
setting: after book 5
s2m's comments: This fic packs a real punch! This one is part of my beloved Mentor!Snape collection. But definitely don't read if you're looking for something happy. O.o I stopped reading around chapter 35, as her emo!Harry and comforting!Snape were getting a bit too much for me. I still rec the fic, though!

Snape: The Home Fries Nazi by pir8fancier
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; Harry/Snape; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: In the aftermath of Harry's defeat of Voldemort, all Death Eaters lose their magic. Snape decamps to the United States, where he works as a short order cook in a diner. Harry seeks him out to ask for advice.
length: one-shot at 27,808 words
setting: AU after book 6, several years after the non-canon defeat of Voldemort
s2m's comments: The moment I saw this fic described as "Snape is a fry cook in Arizona", I had to read it for the sheer crack potential. I was pleasantly surprised to find a thoughtful, deep, and angst-filled Snarry fic that makes me want to hug them both. Even if you don't care for Snape/Harry, I highly recommend this one.

So close by halfbloodprincess21
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Overhearing Harry by chance on his final evening patrol of the year leads Snape and Harry down an entirely unexpected path.
length: complete at 37 chapters, 226,229 words
setting: begins at ending of book 3, canon compliant with Snape's backstory and horcruxes
s2m's comments: I do love my mentor!Snape stories, and this one is another excellent example. The fic covers the summer before and the first half of book 4, a timing that is unusual in this genre. I rather like how the author is writing around canon, expertly leaving what we know of the actual books to remain unsaid but definitely working behind the scenes. Good stuff! I particularly liked the final chapter, but then, I do have a disctint UN-fondness for a certain popular character. :P~~~ The fic's beginning is a bit fast, but things slow down a few chapters in. This author has a surprising number of SPAG errors for such great plotting and characterization, but the usual dislaimer for my recs applies.

Starts With a Spin by Maxine
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Comedy, Romance; Draco/Harry; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: It started with the spin of a bottle, and now Harry and Draco have gotten themselves so far into their own game there's almost no way out again. Except to keep playing.
length: complete at 17 chapters, 129,968 words
setting: after book 5
s2m's comments: Hmmm...I've read a lot of Harry/Draco, and this fic was different from what I've learned to expect. It starts off with a bang, becomes a bit meh in the middle, then has a BOOOOM ending that is only slightly rushed. I admit, the ending is what cinched the fic's inclusion here. Nice. ^^ That, and the comedy. It's good to see some strong comedy!

Straightaway Dangerous by zeitgeistic (faire_weather)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Hermione/Draco, side Luna/Harry; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: During the final battle, an unexpected insult sends Fenrir Greyback on a rampage, changing 39 people into werewolves. He should've known better than to make Hermione one of that number. Includes werewolf living and culture, Draco’s questionable morals, Hermione’s questionable life choices, and unrequited bromance (well, it’s requited a bit, but don’t tell Potter that).
length: abandoned WIP at 6 chapters, 45,817 words
setting: after AU ending to Battle of Hogwarts
s2m's comments: Here is a new iteration of one of my fave ships! I quite like how the author has worked in some additional traits of being a werewolf affecting a person while still in their human forms. And I love how Draco is part of the team now. Surprise case!fic, too! There's some fantastic worldbuilding, and celebrities turned werewolves make for some interesting plot development. Let us hope for an update soon!

Top 10%!!1! Sucker Punch by riptey
genre; ship; rating: (dark) Comedy, Drama; Hermione/Draco; R
author's summary, definitely shortened by s2m: Sometimes you want to punch somebody. Other times, you're the one getting hit. Hermione Granger accidentally invites Draco Malfoy to live on her couch indefinitely, but at least she's got his wand. She's struggling to hang onto her sanity and pleasant disposition, despite those nasty thoughts that keep popping into her head, but he's already given up on his. Everyone's so buried in lies that they might as well just forget about the whole concept of truth.
length: complete at 16 chapters, 80,922 words
setting: ten years after book7, not epilogue compliant--except Harry did marry Ginny
s2m's comments: Never have I read a story that so-well portrays what it could be like to go insane. Put on your thinking caps for this one, gentle readers, because to fully appreciate the brilliance of this fic, you have to pay attention. Dialogue is a wonderful thing in the hands of a talented author. Oh, YES. *swoon*

Summer Like None Other, A by Aspeninthesunlight
read its full listing under its prequel, Year Like None Other, A

Survival of the Species by roma_fics
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Draco/Harry, Albus/Scorpius; NC-17, graphic sex, dub-con, mpreg
author's summary: Draco approaches Harry on the 9¾ platform, after their sons have boarded the Hogwarts Express, and invites him over for tea. The discussion they have leads them on an adventure that neither could have expected.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 48,737 words
setting: after book7, begins epilogue compliant
s2m's comments: Veela!Draco is hardly new, but rather than using it for the usual reasons (OOC flirting, crazed stampedes through Hogwarts in pursuit of the Veela, etc), the author combines it with Draco's equally unusual choice of career. They've written a gripping epic about life in isolation and harsh conditions. A very interesting take on the Veela trope.

Switched Chance, A by LunaStorm
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: In which Hermione attempts a time-travelling ritual without due preparation and Harry happily goes along for the ride, and both have to cope with living their best friend's life.
length: WIP at 14 chapters, 116,174 words
setting: AU halfway through book 7
s2m's comments: This fic has a thin beginning, but I kept reading and was swept up by the story! I'm impressed with how the author is handling Harry and Hermione's body switches, and the whole battle against Voldie, and how their foreknowledge changes and doesn't change what we know is coming. Fascinating! I hope the author updates soon. :D

Symmetrical Transit, The by Sage
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Hermione/Draco; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Draco believed the world was screwed up because a lack of balance. Everything in the world had its equal parts -- love, hate; right, left; sun, moon -- but no one ever grew up with these parts in the same proportion, which made them off. People were either forced to live discordant, or they were lucky enough to find that balance through someone else.
length: abandoned WIP at 6 chapters, 35,351 words
setting: after book 6
s2m's comments: Sage's first Draco/Hermione fic, like Fallout above, is gut-wrenchingly powerful. It does ring similar to the other fic, but only in the first couple chapters. This fic was written in 2007, and the author is posting it to Granger Enchanted after a new beta. The complete original fic IS available here on LiveJournal. To read it on LJ you need to join the community per its rules on the profile page. Yes, it takes some effort, but after being seduced by the 5 chapters at Granger Enchanted, I pursued the rest on LJ. The song and dance required is definitely worth it. GUH.

This Boy's Life by pir8fancier
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Harry/Snape; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Snape is Scheherazade.
length: one-shot at 26,919 words
setting: two years after Voldie's defeat, written after book 6
s2m's comments: This fic is a character study for Snape and Harry and their changing relationship. This one is purely for Snape fans, as he is his acerbic self, in all his snarky glory.

Thousand Beautiful Things, A by Duinn Fionn
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: Draco Malfy struggles with changed fortunes, shifted alliances, an ugly war, and an unusual spell, with the help of a concerned professor, an insightful house-elf, and an unexpected Gryffindor friend. HP/DM
length: complete at 9 chapters, 108,033 words
setting: begins in book 5
s2m's comments: This fic, like almost all my HP recs, was highly praised by people whose taste I trust, and they proved themselves right once again. Told 75% from Draco's POV, the author explores Draco's character and shows us how he learns to think for himself and escape his father's dark expectations. Draco's changes and his eventual relationship with Harry are different from the Drarry fic norm. I particularly enjoyed the friendship that grows between Draco and Dean. Draco's situation in this story could easily turn boring and repetetive, but the author kept things well in-hand and created a gripping character-driven drama. *thumbs up*

Delicate Sound of Thunder by Duinn Fionn
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: Draco knows that happily ever after is for fairy tales. When someone threatens to expose his wartime past, he risks his life to protect his secrets, but learns he's not the only one with something to hide.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 61,768 words
setting: about a year after A Thousand Beautiful Things
s2m's comments: And enjoyable sequel, with amusing bits of comedy and some delightful angst. I was pleased to see how much of the story was told by the amusing MOC in the previous fic. I like him. :3

Tissue of Silver by Fearless Diva
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; R, dub-con
author's summary: A love story concerning possessed furniture, black silk pyjamas, courtroom drama, premonitions of doom, assassination attempts, Death Eater yoga, absinthe, bare feet and a sensible werewolf.
length: one-shot at 76,324 words
setting: after book 4
s2m's comments: A classic for a reason, this fic avoids the traits I've become familiar with in regards to classic Drarry. It has a satisfying murder mystery, balanced with just the right amount of comic relief, and that oh-so-delicious UST to keep you reading. *wink* This fic has epistolary introductions to each section, and they truly add to the enjoyment of the story. An excellent read! There are several accompanying fics beyond what I've recced. Click the link at the bottom of the fic's page to access them.

To Shape and Change by Blueowl
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; briefly mentioned Luna/Harry; R
author's summary: Snape goes back in time, holding the knowledge of what is to come if he fails. No longer holding a grudge, he seeks to shape Harry into the greatest wizard of all time, starting on the day Hagrid took Harry to Diagon Alley. No Horcruxes.
length: complete at 34 chapters, 232,332 words
setting: AU of book1+ after fanon ending of the war (it's time travel, after all!)
s2m's comments: This fic managed to surprise me several times, and when it comes to HP, that's difficult to do! Harry does have much more power here than in canon, but the author sets it up believably. An enjoyable saga, with an epilogue I actually liked. C: The final third is somewhat rushed, but still worth reading!

Transfigurations by Resonant
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Draco/Harry; R
author's summary: Five years after Voldemort's defeat, Harry returns to England to help re-open Hogwarts.
length: complete at 17 chapters, 71,284 words (note: it's posted as one giant single-chapter chunk at AO3)
setting: AU after book4 and fanon defeat of Voldie
s2m's comments: Another classic that has held up well! To be fair, some of the differences from canon can be jarring (It's not Weasley's Wizard Wheezes but Weasley and Weasley, Inc), but they are minor when compared to the overall story. C: It's fun to see so many characters we know as teachers at Hogwarts, and of course I love a good Drarry! But the focus on this fic isn't the romance so much as the mystery surrounding strange random curses being cast at Hogwarts' inhabitants. It's surprise!case fic! XD Well-written and engaging. My only quibble is that I wish we could have seen more of Harry's trials as the new Transfigurations prof. XD Also yay for awesome American OCs! (Don't worry, they're very much side characters. But still awesome! :D)

Trials of Affliction and Light Sleeping by Padfoot the Marauder
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Hermione/Draco, Harry/Draco; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Draco discovers that he is part Veela. The odd thing is that Veelas are only supposed to be female. This little fact wouldn’t be bound to bring along some peculiar side effects during mating season, now would it?
length: complete at 16 chapters, 44,557 words
setting: goes AU after book 5
s2m's comments: This author is ESL, and it shows, but the fic is so completely hilarious that I have to rec it anyway. The side-effects of being the first male Veela had me in stitches! The changing emotions in the fic do seem a little out of left field, but they still worked for me. I can even forgive the author that typical error when it comes to virgin!sex, because the rest of the fic is so enjoyable! Don't take this one too seriously, and prepare to laugh. A lot. XD Click on "next" near the top of the page to advance through the story.

Two Body Problem, The by Tozette
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Ginny made a thin, distressed sound. “I... Look, I promised Tom I wouldn’t let him be handed in,” she said in a small voice. “Well, if he’s going to go around petrifying people, I don’t see much reason why people ought to keep their promises to him,” said Hermione crossly. [Hermione gets the diary. Things go differently from there.]
length: complete at 8 chapters, 25,502 words
setting: AU of book 2
s2m's comments: It takes skill to walk that delicate tightrope of turning a benevolent character more than a bit gray, and Tozette does it beautifully. The fic lays believable groundwork for a future Dark Lord!Hermione. It's fascinating to watch her dialouge with the diary, and how Tom influences her to choose to step off the path of righteousness, just a bit. Excellently done!

Top 10%!!1! Wand and Shield by Morta's Priest
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Well Groomed Mind, The by Lady Khali
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: On Halloween 1994, Harry learns his mind isn't his own. On Samhain morn, he vows to question everything. Armed with logic and an unlikely ally, Harry makes a last ditch bid to reclaim his life. The goal: survive at all costs.
length: WIP at 28 chapters, 186,601 words
setting: splits from canon in book 4
s2m's comments: This fic is a mind-bending deconstruction of HP characterization and canon--which began as a writing exercise by the author to find logical reasons for canon's inconsistencies. Go along with the big life-changing reveal in the first chapter and watch the Wizarding World sent spinning. It is VERY interesting to see how those inconsistencies can be made to make sense, along with some logic and a dose of realism. This fic is NOT kind to anyone, and it could be a bucket of cold water to those who have never encountered such a dark take on things before. I found it a fascinating angle, and very much outside the box!

Top 10%!!1! Year Like None Other, A by Aspeninthesunlight
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; NC-17, torture in two or three chapters
author's summary: It all started with a letter from home and family. Except, Harry doesn't really have either, does he? He's about to get them. A Snape-adopts-Harry story providing an alternate 6th year.
length: complete epic at 97 chapters, 762,567 words
setting: after book 5
s2m's comments: If all fanfic were this good, I'd never need to buy a normal book again. I can't express how amazing this fic is. I laughed, I cried, I squirmed, I hid under my desk, I hoped, and I profoundly thanked the random person who recced it to an LJ comm. *tears of joy*

Summer Like None Other, A by Aspeninthesunlight
genre; ship; rating: Drama; OFC/Draco; R
author's summary: Family isn't everything, as Harry, Snape, and Draco discover in this sequel to A Year Like None Other. How will a mysterious mirror and a surprising new relationship affect a father and his two sons?
length: complete epic at 24 chapters, 225,007 words
setting: after book 5
s2m's comments: A sequel worthy of the original!

Family Like None Other, A by Aspeninthesunlight
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Luna/Harry; R
author's summary: Third story in the "Like None Other" universe. During his final year at Hogwarts, relationships will splinter as Harry confronts secrets long-buried and faces the greatest challenge of them all.
length: stalled WIP at 43 chapters, 412,484 words
setting: AU after book 5
s2m's comments: This pretty much sums up my opinion: XD Some of the groundwork laid in AYLNO comes to fruit here!

Year's Teptation, A by Lomonaaeren
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Draco/Harry; NC-17, graphic sex, dub-con
author's summary: DMHP slash, post War, post Hogwarts. Draco isn't pleased to discover he's a Veela at twenty four, especially since both he and Harry are married to other people. Harry proposes a compromise that might work, or might make things monumentally worse.
length: complete at 12 chapters, 122,448 words
setting: a few years after Voldie's defeat, written before book7 was released
s2m's comments: I'm continuously surprised by the different interpretations of veela!Draco, and this fic has yet another. This is a darker take, and I have to feel sympathy for Draco, Harry, and Ginny, too. What can you do in that type of situation? Yeek. Lomonaaeren gives us yet another solid fic, a joy to read with an engaging plot and smokin' sex scenes. :3

Years That Walk Between, The by Femme
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Draco/Harry, Draco/Snape, NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Draco finds his way after the war.
length: complete at 2 parts, 15,800 words
setting: mildly AU in book7, extending 25 years or so beyond
s2m's comments: This fic is beautiful in its emotional scope as Draco tries to deal with the loss of Snape. His friendship with Harry--only for the sake of their sons, and at Potter's behest--growing into more is delightful to watch unfold. I prefer Snape as a father figure to Draco, rather than a lover, but with this fic, I can accept it gladly.

Yet Another Snape Meets the Dursleys Story by rabbit and -v-Jinx-v
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; none; G
author's summary: When Snape is called to the Dursleys' by an urgent message, he does not find what he expects to find.
length: complete at 30 chapters, 78,386 words
setting: after book 4
s2m's comments: The title may be rather plain, but the story definitely is not! Very gripping, and only made more so since there's no dashing, perfect heroics in this fic. Things do not go as planned, no one saves the day, and poor Snape is just trying to fulfill his promise to Lily. Well-written and with an intriguing glimpse of Snape's past. (And who doesn't want to see the Dursleys get what they deserve?)

You Can't Always Get What You Want by tambrathegreat
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Hermione/Harry, Hannah A./Ron; R, off-screen rape
author's summary, shortened: Dumbledore knows he made a hash of two men's lives. Harry is miserable as his life falls apart and Snape refuses to talk to Albus in the afterlife. On a New Year's eve night Albus attempts to meddle one more time to correct his past mistakes.
length: WIP at 13 chapters, 53,866 words
setting: starts after the epilogue, then goes back to the middle of book 7
s2m's comments: I'm always ready for a good fix it fic, and this one delivers! It really plays havoc with canon events, and when that means book7, it is just fiiine with me. ^^V The fic proposes a very intriuging what-if. Things are definitely not perfect, and end up worse in some ways than they did in canon. Very engrossing!! The author has solid writing skills and a wide vocabulary. I actually had to look up several words, and that almost never happens. :D

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Hikaru no Go

All the Pieces by metisket
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Waya got a phone call from Touya Akira on Monday. Looking back on it, that was clearly the point at which he should have given up on the week.
s2m's more descriptive summary: Waya is tasked by Touya to babysit Hikaru for a week during the spring. This is not an easy task.
length: one-shot at 5,415 words
setting: four years after canon
s2m's comments: This fun fic gives us a perpetually frustrated outsider view as Waya sticks to Hikaru like glue, all for the sake of protecting the future of Go. It is interesting to see Hikaru from an outsider's POV--he really can be grating and obnoxious. The dilaogue is particularly delightful, as Hikaru dodges questions about Sai and the exact nature of his relationship with Touya, and pretty much drives Waya crazy. A fun read, and just as enjoyable when I read it a second time! :D

Bloodstone by Nataku
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: If there are ghosts in the Hikaru no Go universe, might there not also be vampires?
length: one-shot at 21,259 words
setting: The boys are 17. Author says set after volume 19/ep 65+.
s2m's comments: I've managed to (mostly) avoid reading the cliche of vampire!fic, but even I can tell this fic handles things differently. It went in a direction I did not expect, and what I thought would be a light amusement turned into an enjoyable read! So yes, my very first HikaGo rec is for vampire!fic. What can I say? *sheepish grin*

Inertia by rageprufrock
genre; ship; rating: Drama; FOC/Akira, Akira/Hikaru; R
author's summary: Touya has always been a quiet, mature child.
length: one-shot at 11,060 words
setting: after canon, the guys are 22
s2m's comments: This fic has an unusual take on Akira's character, and uses it to great effect. The story told is powerful because of its pain, with a satisfying ending. Also it contains one of the few instances of kid!fic that I don't mind at all.

Rumour Mill, The by harukami
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Akira/Hikaru; R
author's summary can't be found, so I wrote one: An interview makes Hikaru realize people are seeing his rivalry as more than simple rivalry, and he expresses his feelings about that with much flailing, foot-in-mouth, and confusion.
length: one-shot at 7,001 words
setting: two years after the series ends
s2m's comments: "OMG I'm not gay but I really am" is an old trope, but this fic keeps it fun and light. I enjoyed every minute. I'd love to see Akira's new look, too! *swoon*

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His Dark Materials

Top 10%!!1! Republic of Heaven Series, The by Blind_Author
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Hobbit, The

101 of Dwarven Haircare: Combs, Razors and Other Scary Stories by jeza_red
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; vaugely Bilbo/Thorin; PG
author's summary: Dwarf hair is different, okay? Cultural shock and confusion with strangely funny results. Also a thread of understanding between two confused parties and a little comb that is more precious than whole Erebor.
length: complete at 9 chapters, 23,784 words
setting: begins after the eagle rescue, book or movies canon
s2m's comments: This fic is hilarious, charming, creative, giggle-worthy, and touching. I quite enjoyed it! I just love it when an author creates something outside the box and runs with it. C: It does have a high number of SPaG errors for this level of writing, alas. It's still worth reading, though!

Top 10%!!1! Shot in the Dark, A by Silver_pup
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Bilbo/Thorin; PG-13
author's summary: When he opens his eyes again, he finds himself in his old bed in his old home in his old body. Is this death? Or a trick of magic? Either way, Bilbo recognizes a second chance when he sees one, and this time his adventure with Thorin is going to go a bit differently.
length: complete at 50 chapters, 213,188 words
setting: after movieverse canon, but back at the beginning *wink*
s2m's comments: A friend praised this fic widely, and I can see why. The obvious reason this fic is so enjoyable is it's time travel fix-it of the finest order: everyone lives, and it's a happy ending! :D The subtle reason that I, personally, enjoyed it so much is for the characterizations. The author spends time on every Dwarf in the company, giving each one their own personality, quirks, and drives. It is truly an amazing piece of writing, and the big reason I must include this fic in my top 10%. I also admire the author's courage in tossing canon timeline out the window and letting changed events ripple out in a glorious butterfly effect. HELL YEAH. I must saulte Silver_pup, b/c DAMN. *salutes* And yes, the romance is good, too! XD It's just the fic has so much else that's remarkable, and so rare to find! *flails*

Something Blue by Lapin
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bilbo/Thorin; R
author's summary: Thorin marries Bilbo after the Battle of Five Armies, a marriage of convenience, not love. Slowly, they must come to make the best of it, Bilbo resolves. After all, he's a Hobbit. They make the best of things.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 34,026 words
setting: after the war and Smaug's defeat
s2m's comments: I enjoy a good marriage of convenience fic, and this one fits the bill! Well-written with just the right amount of detail and expansion beyond the romance. C: It is the 2nd fic in a short series, but I read only this half of the series and enjoyed it just fine.

Unexpected Addition, An by karategal
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bilbo/Thorin; PG-13
author's summary: All of the dwarves survive the Battle of the Five Armies, but Bilbo must return to the Shire to sort out his old life and make way for a new one in Erebor. Over one year later, Bilbo comes back to the Lonely Mountain with a recently orphaned Frodo. King Thorin isn't quite sure what to make of this new, tiny addition to his Company.
length: complete at 32 chapters, 87,630 words
setting: movieverse, begins two years after a fanon ending to the trilogy
s2m's comments: A little courtship, a little mystery, a little adventure, and a healthy dose of romance and relationship make this somewhat quiet fic an engrossing read! I enjoyed all of it, even after the mystery was solved! Some delightful OCs round out the full cast of the original dwarfin company, as this author doesn't chose to only focus on the cute ones. My only quibble about the fic is that the author states Fili and Kili are in their dwarvish-teens, but to me they act like 8 year olds. If you're looking for some lengthy fluff with a little meat hidden inside, here you go! C:

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Honey and Clover

Cake by canis_m
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Ayu/Nomiya; G
author's summary: Ayumi and Nomiya, making it work on Christmas Eve.
length: one-shot at 1,395 words
setting: after the series
s2m's comments: Nomiya was pretty much my fave character in Honey, and I did end up shipping him with Ayu somethin' fierce. ^^ This fic made me giggle and outright crack up! Very amusing, I must say.

Chapter Two by anime_babble
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ayu/Nomiya; G
author's summary: The heart beats on and will not stop.
length: one-shot at 776 words
setting: towards the end of the series
s2m's comments: A sweet and poignant fic that shows the changes in Ayu over the course of a month, after Nomiya tells her he loves her. I want to hug both of them at the end! *sniffles*

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Howl's Moving Castle

Top 10%!!1! Woman True and Fair, A by The S
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Sophie/Howl; PG
author's summary: What might Howl's Moving Castle have been like if the 3rd person narration had been biased toward Howl's point of view instead of Sophie's? This is an exercise in what if.
length: abandoned WIP at 26 chapters, 118,323 words
setting: begins in chapter 4 of the book
s2m's comments: This fic gives us amazing insight into the book as seen by Howl, including missing scenes that we can only imagine from canon. ^^ The author's insider knowledge of Welsh gives new depth to Howl's POV--it's really fascinating! Be sure to read her notes! Also I found it helpful to review each chapter from the book before reading the relevant chapter of the fic. The author does a little too much telling and not showing in regards to canon, and it can get a bit tiring. The fic is worth it, though!

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Hunchback of Notre Dame (Disney)

Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Hunger Games, The

Bruised Skin by EllanaSan
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Effie/Haymitch; R
author's summary: It was only natural to see pale blue flashes on your skin from time to time. Reassuring, even. It meant your soulmate was out there somewhere. It was much more worrying when no phantom lines ever marred your skin.
length: one-shot at 7,563 words
setting: soulmates AU of otherwise unaltered canon, beginning before book1
s2m's comments: I admit, I'm always a sucker for a good soulmates AU! I like how this version was done. Everything is not perfect once you find your soulmate, you have to work at it and even then things might fall apart. A dose of real-life relationships, even with the fairy-tale soulmates trope. ^^ I enjoyed how the soulmates fact was worked into canon, and the expanded backstory for Effie and Haymitch. It's good to see some character development for them both! And that powerful ending line?? Sweet.

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In Death

Moments in Death by celli
genre; ship; rating: Drama; sideline Eve/Roarke; PG-13
author's summary: "Dispatch! Dallas, Lieutenant Eve. Darling." Selected excerpts from the next In Death novel.
length: one-shot at 1,869 words
setting: vaguely in the late 20s or or 30s of volume numbers, more for character development than actual plot events
s2m's comments: This one could be canon! The character voices are perfect. I want moar! XD

Morning in the Morgue by seimaisin
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Peabody/Morris; PG
author's summary: Peabody, Morris, a dead body, and a date.
length: one-shot at 1,119 words
setting: after Peabody makes detective
s2m's comments: I love this little fic! Peabody's voice is perfect, the case setup very interesting, and of course I adore the idea of Peabody dating Morris. Don't get me wrong, I like McNab just fine, but Morris is my own personal fave In Death man! :3 My only regret about this fic is that it isn't longer, alas!!!

Special Mission by geri_chan
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R
author's summary: Peabody has been given a very special mission to fulfill.
length: one-shot at 8,739 words
setting: around vol 30
s2m's comments: This story reads as if it truly were a part of canon! Peabody is brilliant, Eve her usual prickly and focused self, and even the candy thief makes an appearance. XD

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Inception

Boy Who Spoke With Ghosts, The by AvocadoLove
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I've Got Nothing To Do Today But Smile (The Only Living Boy in New York) by gyzym
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Arthur/Eames; PG-13
author's summary: Arthur's a corporate lawyer, Eames owns the coffee shop across the street, and all good love stories start with a quadruple shot latte.
length: one-shot at 19,745 words
setting: regular job AU
s2m's comments: Some fics make an undeniable mark on fandom, and this is one of them. This combo coffeeshop/bakery AU fic is well-written and very enjoyable. It is easy to see why it launched a thousand similar fics! Arthur is trying so hard at his thankless job, Eames takes such joy in making his customers hapy--especially the sexy ones--and the developing relationship is just glorious. *happy sigh*

Map of the Sounds of Tokyo by fermine
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Robert/Saito; R
author's summary: Robert is the new gaijin employee at Saito's big Tokyo based company. He's intelligent and hardworking, but trying to build a life in a new country amongst the hostility from his co-workers has put a dent in his confidence. He feels isolated and completely alone.
length: one-shot at 4,541 words
setting: AU, no movie spoilers
s2m's comments: Saito is overlooked by many fans, but he is in this fic full-force. Reading this delightful one-shot felt like reading a jousei manga! Of course, that can be a very good feeling, and in this case, it is. ^^ Yay!

Sharp Dressed Man by annundriel
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Arthur/Eames; NC-17
author's summary: Eames likes to watch Arthur dress.
length: one-shot at 2,410 words
setting: doesn't really matter, no spoilers for the end of the film
s2m's comments: I'm glad this one is a one-shot, because I couldn't stop reading! If it had been epic, I'd have been in trouble. My favorite bit involves the cufflinks. *sniffle* Also: Arthur slowly dressing...rowr! X3

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Indiana Jones

Academe: Four Conversations the Jones Boys Had About Education and One They Didn't by major_general
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: I think the title pretty much says it all.
length: one-shot at 1,320 words
setting: all four films
s2m's comments: I wish Dr. Henry Jones, Sr. had been in more Indy movies. He's particularly awesome in this fic. X3

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Inuyasha

Convivial by TheHatterTheory
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kagome/Sesshoumaru; PG
author's summary: On Halloween, Kagome decides to dress as her utter opposite. Of course, she never expected to run into him.
length: complete at 77 chapters, 146,656 words
setting: begins a few years after canon ends
s2m's comments: Sometimes a fic completely sucks me in a refuses to let me go until I finish, and this is one of them. It also has a VERY slow build of the romance--we're talking almost glacial here--but I loved every minute. Each chapter is a vignette set on a holiday as we progress through a year or so in Kagome and Sesshoumaru's life. The OCs are enjoyable, and I like how everyone ended up in this fic's version of post-canon. C: My only quibble is that some of the chapters are so short! I want more...(but that's a good complaint to have!)

Frivolous Sentimentalities by Tally Mark
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kagome/Sesshoumaru; G
author's summary: If men are from Mars and women are from Venus, what galaxy are youkai from? Because Kagome would really like to know. SessKag one-shot.
length: one-shot at 10,139 words
setting: Near the end of canon, but no real spoilers
s2m's comments: A hilarious fic that had me laughing as much as Inuyasha does in it, I think. XD Fun fluff and lulz for all! Except Kagome and Sesshoumaru, of course. Heeee!

Fugue by Resmiranda
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kagome/Sesshoumaru; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: The present revolves around the past; truth and remembrance are two different things. After the well closes forever, Kagome finds a familiar face in the present era.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 90,770 words
setting: ten years after a fanon ending
s2m's comments: It takes a skilled author to write a novel-length fic about depression and make it not only enjoyble, but agonizingly good. Kagome cannot let go of the events and people of her past, particularly Inuyasha. Then Sesshoumaru appears and throws everything into a different light. A very good read, but not for the faint of heart.

Okaeri by blackberry
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Kagome/Inuyasha; PG-13
author's summary: After the end of their quest, Inuyasha and Kagome adjust to life in modern Tokyo. But there are still secrets in the past, and dangers in the present. And finding a place to call home may be the most difficult thing of all...
length: complete at 23 chapters, 163,986 words
setting: a couple weeks after the defeat of Naraku
s2m's comments: I've read quite a few fics where Inuyasha ends up in Kagome's time, and most of them don't hold my interest. But this one did! I enjoyed how the author handled things, and Inuyasha's character and slow adaptation to life in modern Tokyo. The mystery and new villain were written well, and did not have that monster-of-the-day feel. ^^

Phoenix Blade: Time Lapse, The by Fenikkusuken
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Kagome/Inuyasha, Sango/Miroku, Rin/Sesshoumaru; NC-17, graphic sex, graphic violence
author's summary: COMPLETE. An AR riff on the anime. Kagome Higurashi, recent graduate of the Imperial Military Academy, finds all of her skills being put to the test in the Sengoku Jidai after she's sucked down the well at her family's shrine.
length: complete at 86 chapters, 1,182,069 words. The longest fic I've ever read!
setting: AU of the Naraku story arc
s2m's comments: I started this fic on a whim with no idea how long it really was, and found myself enjoying it immensely! I loved seeing this author's version of a capable and (occasionally) more mature Kagome. Watching the relationships develop and change between the characters was wonderful. I did have to take two breaks from reading this fic due to its sheer length, but I always came back with a smile, eager to resume! Get ready for some killer sex scenes. Oh my! *swoon*

Snowbound by Fenikkusuken
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Rin/Sesshoumaru; R
author's summary: One-Shot. On a remote island off the coast of Japan, a woman confronts an unusual dog that may have been part of her past...
length: one-shot at 22,217 words
setting: 1996 with reincarnated!Rin
s2m's comments: This gripping fic is filled with beautiful winter imagery. Fenikkusuken gives us another lovely IY fic.

Top 10%!!1! Tales from the House of the Moon by Resmiranda
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kagome/Sesshoumaru; NC-17, graphic violence, off-screen rape, graphic sex if you chose to read one chapter's version
author's summary: Kagome, now in college, discovers the tale of Sesshomaru and Rin. Grief can be a prison, but the bonds of love are not easily broken. What is the truth behind fairytales? SessKag
length: complete at 42 chapters, 326,106 words
setting: 6 years after the fic's fanon defeat of Naraku
s2m's comments: I'm not sure what words could convey the power and scope of this fic. I read it in three days, and given its length, that's saying something! Powerful and well-written, with beautiful imagery and full of emotion and a touch of fun humor. The fic is mirrored at Media Miner, or you can read it at FF.net and hop over to MM if you want to partake of the graphic sex scene in one chapter. This epic is truly powerful! I am definitely checking out this author's other stuff. :3

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Ironman

Being Human Series, The by Jaune_Chat
read its full listing in The Avengers section

Full of Surprises by ladylahatiel
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Jarvis/Tony; R
author's summary: While Tony was away, Jarvis changed. Tony is about to find out just how much.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 10,564 words
setting: towards the end of the first movie
s2m's comments: My curiosity at the pairing lured me into this one, much to my delight! It's fun to see Tony verbally spar with someone besides Pepper who can match his perosnality. I love how in-character Tony is. I can see perfectly how his behavior and the events in this fic could happen in canon! The author didn't link or tag the fic's other chapters, so here are the direct links: chapter 2, chapter 3 chapter 4, chapter 5, chapter 6

Helpmate by subterrain
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; male!Pepper/Tony; PG-13
author's summary, adapated: In which Pepper meets Tony, and vice versa. Pepper adjusts his life to fit around Stark's. Possibly something from the movie might've slipped in.
length: complete at 5 parts, 15,869 words
setting: AU before the first film
s2m's comments: A genderswapped Pepper? Why not, could be fun! :D And this fic turned out to be fun, thoughtful, IC, and very believable. Tony is nice to look at, but you have to admit, a relationship with him would be problematic and very troubling at times. I enjoyed how the author held true to that with this story. Everything is NOT sunshine and daisies, male!Pepper and Tony have their share of problems, both normal AND due to Tony's personality, celebrity status, and superhero job. A great idea, and well executed. ^^V

Weathervane by subterrain
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; male!Pepper/Tony; PG-13
author's summary: There are no vacations.
length: complete at 3 parts, 11,377 words
setting: not too long after the prequel
s2m's comments: A worthy sequel to Helpmate, which goes in-depth with both Pepper's trials of work (politics, ugh) and love (Tony, ugh). This fic does not make me envy Pepper of either gender, because DAMN but Tony can be frustrating as hell! But seriously, this little fic series is worth a read! :D

Iron Robin by athenemiranda
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Jeeves & Wooster

All That Glitters is Not Gold by veronamay
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Bertie/Jeeves; R
author's summary: Jeeves doesn't want tips from Bertie anymore. What could he want instead?
length: one-shot at 6,576 words
setting: later on in canon
s2m's comments: A rather topping story, what? *giggles* This fic is written in Wooster's distinctive vernacular, and it does take some time to adjust, but the effort is well worth it. My my my! *blush!

At the Devil's Knee by Delphi
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fall of the empire, The by eyebrowofdoom
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Jeeves/Wooster; PG-13
author's summary: It is well known that a Wooster is seldom wrong.
length: one-shot at 5,169 words
setting: timeless
s2m's comments: Bertie's belief in the goodness of people is both endearing and frustrating. Poor Jeeves has his work cut out for him, and in that vein, it's quite satisfying to see him open a can of whup-ass. :3 Told in perfect canon voice!

Fippy Elbows In by HelenaHandbasket
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Bertie/Jeeves; PG
author's summary: Wherein the attentions towards Jeeves instigated by the dashing young Fippy render Bertram in a state of panic, acrimony, and indefinable thing-ness.
length: one-shot at 12,203 words
setting: several years into Jeeves' employment
s2m's comments: A fun fic that made laugh with both humor and comisseration with poor Jeeves. That man has so much patience!! Another fic written in Wooster's vernacular.

Jeeves and the Amatory Dilemma by who_la_hoop
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Jeeves/Wooster; PG
author's summary, slightly shortened: The tale of how Bertie and Jeeves finally Confessed All to each other, despite – or, possibly, because of – the passion-dampening affects of Giant Squirts, thwarted wrestling, unhappy boating, rabbits, an aunt who breakfasts on the ground bones of nephews who displease her, and a pair of very natty yellow socks.
length: one-shot at 23,648 words
setting: timeless
s2m's comments: A delightful romp through the universe of J&W! ^^ This fic is fun to read, and even though rather long for a one-shot, it does not drag or become burdensome at all. My only wish is if only we could hear Jeeves' side of the story! XD

Jeeves and the Snapshot by weaselwoman13
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Jeeves/Wooster; PG
author's summary can't be found, so...: Before Jeeves leaves on his vacation, Bertie asks for a photograph to keep him company. Little does he know--though he probably should--how much trouble that photo will start.
length: one-shot at 7,159 words
setting: your usual Jeeves and Wooster canon
s2m's comments: Here's a sweet and fluffy fic that warmed my heart and made me want to hug everyone. ^^ Written in classic Wooster voice, as usual in this fandom. A definite mood-lifter. ^^

Jeeves Makes a Move by veronamay
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bertie/Jeeves; PG
author's summary: Schmoop. Christmas schmoop, even.
length: one-shot at 1,839 words
setting: Jeeves has been working for Wooster for a few years.
s2m's comments: This one makes me want to melt into a puddle of happy, tearful goo. *sniffles*

Mr. Wooster and the Restorative Preparation by innocentsmith
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bertie/Jeeves; G
author's summary can't be found, so: Jeeves tells of his life in the few months before he found new employment with a man who made a curious impression upon him: one Bertram Wooster.
length: one-shot at 5,278 words
setting: before they meet, can even be enjoyed without knowing much of canon
s2m's comments: A delightful and well-crafted fic, told in perfect Jeeves voice. It makes me want to track down more canon to read!

Round the World in a Goodish Bit of Time by triedunture
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Jeeves/Wooster; PG-13
author's summary, shortened: Podfic_lover requested a story about what happened during Bertie and Jeeves' round-the-world cruise. So here it is.
length: one-shot at 8,539 words
setting: timeless, as usual
s2m's comments: I just love a good coming-together story, and here's another one. :3 Bertie's characterization in this fic is lovely, and true to his nature, and you just want to hug him! Told through a series of beautiful vignettes. A lovely read for every J&W fan, or even if you just enjoy a good angsty historical slash fic!

Top 10%!!1! Tigers Aren’t Gentlemen by binz, shiplizard
read its full listing in the crossover section

Yes, Sir, Jeeves by skyblue_reverie
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Bertie/Jeeves; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Jeeves and Bertie swap roles at an upstate New York manor house as part of a plot to help Bertie's friend Larky. Wacky hijinx, along with a large helping of slashiness, ensue.
length: one-shot at 13,799 words
setting: Jeeves has been working for Wooster for a few years.
s2m's comments: Another enjoyable comedy for my fave master/manservant duo! Bertie is particularly obtuse yet still charming in this one. The OCs are very well done, too. Props to the author!

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Jurassic Park

Living Dangerously by silverr
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: Living dangerously is far preferable to dying safely.
length: one-shot at 4,328 words
setting: begins soon after movie1
s2m's comments: Fix-it fic of the most enjoyable sort! Muldoon survives the raptor attack! Likewise for Clever Girl and the TRex attack! *flails* This fic is suspenseful, funny, and touching, too. OMG the walker! XD A delightful read, and a must for every Jurassic Park fan. C:

Past Times by kuchiki977
genre; ship; rating: Drama; side Claire/Owen; G
author's summary: Claire's flare idea came from experience.
length: complete at 2 chapters, 3,941 words
setting: before and after the fourth film
s2m's comments: A cute backstory! The premise is a bit far-fetched, but we are talking about a movie with a living dinosaur zoo, so just go with it. ^^ And it's kinda neat to see how the flare idea could have occurred to Claire.

Problem Solving in Complex Systems by Jedi Buttercup (jedibuttercup)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Alan/Ellie/Ian; PG-13
author's summary: "Is there such a thing as a Murphy's Law of Attraction?" Ellie grinned. "Because that would explain a few things."
length: one-shot at 1,900 words
setting: scattered scenes in the first film
s2m's comments: The original Jurassic Park is one of those movies I have seen so many times I have it memorized. I really love how the author has tweaked it juuust enough to make a threesome possible between Ellie, Alan, and Ian. Oh, if only! *giggle*

Top 10%!!1! Up Close and Personal by Sheila_Snow
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Alan/his greedy assistant; PG
author's summary: Dr. Alan Grant pioneers the exciting new field of Anthropologic Paleontology.
length: long one-shot at 43,027 words
setting: movie 3, right after the egg-returning scene
s2m's comments: I must take off my hat and make a sweeping bow to this writer, because I never thought I'd have to fight back tears of sympathy for a velociraptor. *sniffles* This fic delivers an amazing story and take on the intelligence of raptors. I was completely captivated.

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Juuni Kokki (Twelve Kingdoms)

Left the Nest by BeccaStareyes
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: While Rakushun is on Enki's business in Ryu, Enki offers to escort Rakushun's mother to En.
length: one-shot at 2,823 words
setting: after canon events. Finishing the anime is enough
s2m's comments: A sweet little fic! This one is charming and works with canon quite well, I think.

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Knight's Tale, A

To Trip is Just to Fall by catwalksalone
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; Geoffey/Watt; R
author's summary: 1974. Wat Fowlehurst, almost sixteen years old and kicking himself out of an education system that was never on his side, finds himself on a collision course that'll change his life forever.
length: complete at 10 chapters, 63,276 words
setting: 1970s Britain AU
s2m's comments: This fic has a solid story with good writing. The 1970s setting makes for an interesting read in itself, as the author uses it to show just how much worse things were for gay teens back then. *sigh* Events are believable, and nothing is easy for the characters. Speaking of, they are recognizable as their canon selves, and work well with the setting. You don't have to know canon for this one!

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Kuroko no Basuke (Kuroko's Basketball)

devil you know, the by kitcatkandy
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Aomine/Kagami, side Kise/Kuroko; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: Kagami hasn't seen Aomine for a long while, not since he walked in on Aomine cheating on him with a girl, and he has no desire to renew their acquaintance any time soon. But when he's forced into going for a reunion with the GoM by Akashi, sparks fly again, and this time they agree to try a new relationship - fuck buddies, nothing else, and maybe, someday, he'll stop wishing for more.
length: WIP at 3 chapters, 15,670 words
setting: about ten years after canon
s2m's comments: Here is a beautifully painful fic of betrayal and visceral attraction. I found Kagami's emotional turmoil engrossing, and the hints that his relationship wtih Aomine isn't all lust are tantalizing! Also hot sex scenes are hot. *koff* I can't wait to read more of this one!

Five Times the MiraGen Accidentally Flashed Momoi... by Lys ap Adin (lysapadin)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Five times Momoi accidentally got more of an eyeful than she'd bargained for (and one time she didn't).
length: one-shot at 4,197 words
setting: before canon, in the MiraGen's junior high days. You need to know all the MiraGen boys.
s2m's comments: Hilarious and fun! XD

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Kuroshitsuji (Black Butler)

All's Flair In Love and War by amanuensis1
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Grell/William; G
author's summary: William never expected Grell could make him feel comfortable.
length: one-shot at 1,180 words
setting: begins mid first season
s2m's comments: Grell's flamboyance is captured perfectly in this fic, and it's brilliantly played against straight-laced William--particularly since this fic is told from the stoic William's point of view! Masterfully done. ^^

At the Devil's Knee by Delphi
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Different Sort of Taste, A by hazukashiijousan
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Kyou Kara Maou

One Year by elarielf
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Wolfram/Yuuri, OMC/Wolfram; R
author's summary: Murata gives Yuuri and Wolfram one year to fulfill their engagement. But does Yuuri want to? Does Wolfram even want to? Since when does Murata care? And what is Wolfram doing away from the castle so often? And what's with all these rhetorical questions?
length: complete at 27 chapters, 113,690 words
setting: begins just before Yuuri is 18, so a year or two after the anime
s2m's comments: Another fic that grabbed me and refused to let go! Elegant writing with only the odd homonym error, easy to read, and what a story! Poor Yuuri doesn't realize how his relationship with Wolfram is important to him until Wolf almost walks away, and how much harder is it when he ends up LIKING the competition? An excellent read! And I can't get that last kiss out of my mind. *swoon*

To Bandarbia, with Love by mousapelli
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Greta/MOC, Conrad/Yozak, Wolfram/Yuri; R, mpreg
author's summary: chapter 1: Yozak does things without Conrad's permission, Yuuri is confused, and Gwendal's head talks too much. Chapter Two: Wolfram decides it's time to make the trip to Bandarbia. Yuuri has things to say about that. Gwendal cracks under the strain. Chapter 3: Greta is growing up way too fast, and Yuuri has a plan to keep her away from the scary boys.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 17,019 words
setting: after the first two series ends, but written two years before the actual canon ending
s2m's comments: As disturbing as it is for Yozak to deliberately "Oops!" Conrad, this fic is fun and touching. But I say Annisina's inventions steal the show!! ^^V The author didn't tag or provide links, so here you go: chapter two: Roger That chapter three: Never Too Old

Without Knowing It by daisy_chan
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Wolfram/Yuri; R
author's summary: Someone's subconscious gets busy when he's asleep...
length: one-shot at 2,298 words
setting: after the engagement
s2m's comments: I do love my Yuuri/Wolfram, and this fic has a completely brilliant premise. Wish I'd thought of it!! XD

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Labyrinth

As the World Falls Down by Jade9
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Sarah/Jareth; G
author's summary: Sarah returns home for Toby's tenth birthday, after breaking up with her latest boyfriend. Some strange coincidences start her thinking more and more about the Labyrinth...and its King...
length: complete at 20 chapters, 67,970 words
setting: 10 years after the film
s2m's comments: This fic is solidly written. While it does begin rather tropey, I was pleased with how the author resolved it in the fic's first half, and moved on to less predictable things. The small cast of OCs and expanded bit canon characters truly shine! A good, enjoyable adventure fic with a touch of romance. ^^

Forfeit of Dreams, A by KL Morgan
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Sarah/Jareth; PG-13
author's summary: "How much do you know about legends?" the man asked abruptly. Brian shrugged. "There's lots. They involve magic." "No, they involve fear."
length: complete at 13 chapters, 117,155 words
setting: 3 years after the film ends
s2m's comments: This is an engrossing story that feels like an extension of canon. The Venice scenes steal the show! The 14th chapter is the epilogue, which leaves the fic wide-open for a sequel.

Have You Ever Noticed? by Witchofnovember's sister
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Who goes on quests? Who doesn't? And why?
length: one-shot at 335 words
setting: you just need to know the film
s2m's comments: As awesome as it is short! XD

Into the Rose Garden by Dryad13
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Sarah/Jareth; R
author's summary: Sarah has good grades, a circle of friends, and a cute boyfriend. Life's great...right? So why does she have the strange feeling that something's missing? Fairy tales show that magic will make you or break you. Which category does she belong in?
length: complete at 22 chapters, 109,232 words
setting: 3 years after the movie
s2m's comments: This fic takes a line of dialogue from canon and spins it into an amazing tale of reprocussions. I had to force myself to stop reading for sleep and work, it was so engrossing! Well-written (if with the odd grammar error) and worth a read for anyone who has wondered what might happen between Sarah and Jareth in the future.

Knew you at all by ilyena-sylph (ilyena_sylph) and Katarik
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Lackadaisy

Midnight Special, The by prodigy
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: How Mordecai Heller became wanted for murder in St. Louis, Missouri: a story in five years, five hours, and one irascible Slav.
length: one-shot at 17,090 words
setting: before canon starts
s2m's comments: Sometimes fics that are recced everywhere are recced for a reason, and this fic definitely deserves to be read! It offers an amazing look into Moredcai's personality, sets up a reason why he chose to leave Atlas and Mitzi's employ, and ohhhh, his partnership with Viktor is beautiful to behold. Truly the Yuletide receiver was lucky to be gifted this fic!

Relatively Unreasonable by jonesandashes
genre; ship; rating: Drama; hints of Dom/Zib, Mordecai/Viktor; PG
author's summary:“We’ve got to stop meeting like this,” says Dom, sliding into the booth across from him. This is a joke; Zib’s never laid eyes on him outside the big house. It occurs to him that maybe the reverse isn’t true - alto sax is the sort of girl that demands attention, and Lackadaisy’s bright for a cellar but dim for a dance hall. You don’t see much from the stage.
length: one-shot at 2,162 words
setting: after Zib's brief stay in jail
s2m's comments: This fic has all the charm and wit of canon, and it starts my two favorite supporting characters, too! With lovely little hints of my Lackadaisy OTP. *happy sigh* Ivy almost steals the show. A solid read! I only wish there were more. ^^

Stopgap by Stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Viktor and Mordecai look after each other, at least long enough for the bleeding to stop.
length: complete 3 chapters, 2,223 words
setting: before canon
s2m's comments: A lovely and bloody pre-canon backstory for Lackadaisy's pair of heavy hitters! And ohhhh, that ENDING! *bawls*

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Last Unicorn, The

Top 10%!!1! starting out on a journey by spoke
genre; ship; rating: Drama; unicorn/Lir; G
author's summary doesn't really exist, so...: The unicorn still visits, and talks with Lir while she eats the castle roses, and her presence still fills Lir with emotion.
length: one-shot at 3,783 words
setting: after the book/film
s2m's comments: This beautifully written fic moved me to tears! Wistful, with equal parts sadness and joy, I must applaud this author! It does have an unfortunate number of typos, but they are completely eclipsed by the story told. :D

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League of Their Own, A

Hear That Call by isbmlamloi
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Dottie/Jimmy, a little Doris/Mae; PG
author's summary: Dottie goes home to bury Bob, then returns to see Kit pitch the World Series. Jimmy deals with the second year of the AAGPBL.
length: one-shot at 4,595 words
setting: goes AU about 2/3rds through the film
s2m's comments: The summary makes it sound rather dry, but this fic is an engaging story about the characters and the team. The ending made me smile!

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Les Miserables

Toil Until the Old Colours Fade by drcalvin
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Javert/Valjean; R
author's summary: After his leap into the Seine, Javert finds himself back in Montreuil-sur-Mer on the morning of his first appointment with M. Madeleine. He soon discovers that while his choices can change the outcome of things, nothing can stop death from delivering him back to that same morning. Now he has to defeat the game of fate or keep returning to 1820, eternally dying without finding peace.
length: complete at 7 chapters, 94,310 words
setting: after the film or book
s2m's comments: I've read a few time-loop fix-it fics, and what impressed me most about this one is that the author does NOT play it for laughs, at all. Javert fully believes he is stuck in Purgatory until he redeems his life and principles in some way. He searches for that way through trial and error, living the final ~15 years of his life again and again--if he even makes it all the way to the end. His confusion and frequent despair are admittedly not easy to read, but the epic pulled me in and kept me at it. Written in a more formal syntax than you find it most fic, but it matches the serious tone of the fic. Beautifully done!

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Leverage

Four Times Parker Dreamed About Having a Family by Zara (amazonziti)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R vague non-con
author's summary: Four Times Parker Dreamed About Having a Family
s2ms' more helpful summary: Four vignettes throughout Parker's life as she grows into the fearless cat burgler we all know.
length: one-shot at 3,800 words
setting: Before and all through canon
s2m's comments: An emotional and great character study of Parker, showing us the backstory of developing her skill set and her unusual personality. Her childhood daydreams are painfully sweet foresahdowing, and the fic has a touching ending that completley makes it.

Princess Bride Job, The by themonkeytwin
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Lilo & Stitch

Escape Velocity by miss_pryss
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: Lilo had been training for the life of a space adventurer since she met Stitch, though David once told her he’d thought she was destined for weirdness—“I mean greatness”—even before he came into their lives. “You would have found a way somehow, no matter what,” he said.
length: one-shot at 7,265 words
setting: sometime after the movies and tv show. I've only seen the first film, and was able to follow everything
s2m's comments: A fun, light-hearted fic that captures canon's tones and gives as a delightful future for Lilo and Stitch. Found family, friendship, reaching for goals, encouragement to reach those goals, nods to other canons--it's all fantastic. ^^V

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Lion King, The

End of Laughter by Agent Ninety-Nine
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: When her best friend Simba is killed by a stampede of wildebeest, the lioness cub Nala takes it hard. Everyone tries to help her through her grief, but it looks as though she is losing the will to live...
length: one-shot at 4,892 words
setting: missing scene early in the film
s2m's comments: The summary comes across as a touch melodramatic, but this fic is a touching character drama about Nala dealing with the death of Simba, and how she finds the will to go on. It also lays some groundwork for the badass and strong adult Nala we meet in the film, who was brave enough to leave the pride and seek out help. Yay!

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Little Mermaid, The (Disney)

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
read its full listing in the crossover section

Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
read its full listing in the crossover section

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Lord of the Rings

Abduction of Éomer, King of Rohan, The by Lialathuveril
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; FOC/Éomer; PG
author's summary: Princess Lothíriel of Dol Amroth finds her peace of mind disturbed by the arrival of a courier from Rohan. What she does not realize, however, is the fact that this is only the beginning... A tale of carpets, cabbages and cold water.
length: complete at 15 chapters, 50,173 words
setting: within a year of the end of RotK
s2m's comments: This is a fun romance fic, complete with mistaken identities, dashing heroics, and lack of communication leading to all sorts of reader amusement. ^^

Bagenders by Lady Alyssa and Random Flatmate
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; various; PG-13, insanity
author's summary: And it came to pass that the fellowship were granted immortality for they had saved middle earth; and so they went their separate ways... But some fellowships were not meant to be broken... History has become legend; legend has become myth and myth has become merchandising: A three-bedroom semi in a town in the north of England, 2001. An AU where the fellowship become immortal, and end up living together in the house share from hell. Based on both movie and books, hence strange attempts to write Merry and Pippin's accents.
length: complete but with no ending at 28 chapters, 134,435
setting: real world AU after movies and books end
s2m's comments: This one is only for LotR fans with a sense of humor. Seriously. If you don't think you can handle a neurotic Frodo on medication, Legolas stuck in a dead-end job, and Gandalf a tv-obsessed alcoholic, you'd best pass this one by. ^^;; It IS completely hilarious, and I bet it would be even funnier if I could understand half the British in-jokes and pop culture references. I've discovered the fic is now hosted at AO3, and have updated my rec here accordingly. C:

Feud by erobey
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Elrond/Legolas, Erestor/Legolas, Legolas/OMC; NC-17, graphic sex, graphic violence, torture, rape, and some incest to top it all off. Yeek!
author's summary: Before the council, an Elrond/Legolas dark story
length: complete at 118 chapters, 756,608 words
setting: begins near the end of The Hobbit, at the Battle of the Five Armies. Many references to events in the Silmarillion, as well.
s2m's comments: If you want a fic full of elf slash, then this one's for you! The author was quite Tolkien-esque with excessive narrative style, complete with long descriptive passages about the scenery and emotions of the characters. I admit, around chapter 75 I started skimming the almost-purple prose. While it DOES go on and on, the mystery at the heart of the story kept me reading. And the cat metaphors are only that one instance, I swear! ^^;; Fans of Elrond be wary, there's Elrond-bashing within! Also prepare to learn some Elvish...

King and the Fallen Prince, The by Fourticktock
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Top 10%!!1! Price of Freedom, The by Erin Lasgalen
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Erowyn/Legolas; R
author's summary: AU Adventure. In the aftermath of the War of the Ring, Eowyn comes to the painful realization that the wounds of the heart she still bears cannot be healed by going back to the cage, however gilded, however loving the master.
length: complete at 7 chapters, 147,915 words
setting: begins in The Two Towers, but the vast part of the story is set four years after the end of the War of the Ring
s2m's comments: "Epic" is the only way to describe this one. Whoa! It references events in bookverse, particularly the Silmarillion, but I have not read that and still enjoyed the story. This fic is most definitely NOT a shallow Eowyn/Legolas self-insert. The author has homonym problems and mixes up or omits smaller prepositions, but the story easily outshines the errors (even if a horse's "reigns" are one of my pet peeves).

They Say of the Elves by Brancher
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Gimli/Legolas; PG
author's summary: You know what they say of the elves, that they'll tumble you as soon as look at you.
length: one-shot at 1,698 words
setting: a little in Fellowship, then after Return of the King
s2m's comments: The friendship between Gimli and Legolas was my favorite thing about the books when I first read the trilogy as an early teenager, and as an adult now, it still is. I've always been bothered by how many ficcers refuse to give Gimli his time with Legolas, but this small jewel of a fic does so beautifully. Oh, Gimli! Let me hug you! :D

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Love Mode

Top 10%!!1! Ouran Academy Guest Lecturers Series by peroxidepest17
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Lynburn Legacy, The (by Rees Brennan)

Scene from Jaren Lynburn's Childhood by Cassandra Jean
genre; ship; rating: Drama fan comic; none; PG
author's summary: A scene from Jared Lynburn’s childhood!! (written by canon's author)
length: complete at 4 pages
setting: before the first volume
s2m's comments: This short and powerful comic gives us a canon-author-scribed look into Jared's sad childhood. The art is lovely and clean, and the story made me gasp. X|

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MASH

Art of Bluffing, The by Cousin Shelley
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Hawkeye can't sleep, so a poker game makes perfect sense.
length: one-shot at 2,574 words
setting: later in the series
s2m's comments: A lovely character study of the later main cast, centered around Hawkeye and his relationships with BJ and Margaret. Beautifully told, and with some excellent turns of phrase!

Top 10%!!1! Between You, Me, and the Stove by Nemo_the_Everbeing
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Father Mulcahy hears eight confessions and tries to remember that God moves in mysterious ways. Father Pierce hears one and concludes that God might be drunk.
length: complete at 9 chapters, 27,790 words
setting: throughout the series beginning with season 4, and extended to about 6 months after the end
s2m's comments: This fic leaves me speechless. Each chapter can stand on its own as a wonderful character study, and to have them all grouped together into one story is a true gift. The author has written something powerful, painful, and truly beautiful.

Fishing by eponymous_rose
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Morning in Korea, Henry figured, was a lot like any other time in Korea: dusty, dirty, gray, and about six thousand miles from home.
length: one-shot at 1,577 words
setting: within the first three seasons
s2m's comments: This short and delightful fic reads just like an episode! The dialogue for Henry and Radar is spot-on, too. Clearly this author knows MASH well. Heehee! The ending always makes me chuckle. So very true to canon! ^^V

Follow Through by Macadamanaity
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Joy of Socks by Fides
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Korea can get lonely.
s2m's more helpful summary: Frank has lost his socks, and of course he blames Hawk and Trap.
length: one-shot at 273 words
setting: somewhere in the first three seasons
s2m's comments: Short and amusing! :D It could easily be a missing scene, if the network would let them go there. *wink*

Missing Hawk (The Anger Turned Sideways Remix) by eponymous_rose
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: In the days after the war, Hawkeye stands still and the world turns around him.
length: one-shot at 6,651 words
setting: after the series finale
s2m's comments: Here is a beautifully written vignette story of Hawkey when he arrives back home, after the war. In perfect Hawk voice, both in dreams and reality, we see him learning to live in safety again, trying to forgive himself for what happened on the bus, and coming to grips with the reality that--even in the safety of small-town America--kids still die. Powerful and a great coda to canon. I doff my hat to the author. Beautiful.

Whatever Blows Up Your Skirt by victoria_p (musesfool)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: After the laundry tent gets blown up, the only person who has any extra clothes is Klinger.
length: one-shot at 1,556 words
setting: later on in the series, post-Frank but pre-no-Radar
s2m's comments: The summary of this one completley sucked me in, and I wasn't let down. Delightfully IC. Of COURSE Hawkeye would vamp it up, and of COURSE the camp just rolls with it, and BJ should totally borrow those earrings from Margaret. ^^V

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Master and Commander (by Patrick O'Brian)

Birds of a Feather by Toft
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Stephen is briefly indisposed (viz., a penguin), but things change remarkably little.
length: one-shot at 3,100 words
setting: vaguely after book 4, but this one is rather timeless
s2m's comments: I snickered and giggled all the way through this fic. ^^

Duende by astolat
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Jack/Stephen; R
author's summary: Happiness comes unexpectedly. (AU, inspired by astolat's vid of the same name.)
length: one-shot at 14,568 words
setting: AU of book 1, though only watching the film is plenty. This one can be read as original fiction, no knowledge of canon required!
s2m's comments: Giving this series a fantasy AU bent never occurred to me, but really like how the author worked it. ^^ Stephen is as passionate about his interests here as he is in canon, and even MORE passionate about Jack, much to my delight. :3 I consider this fic a lucky find for me. I read it only knowing it was M&C "marriage of convenience" fic, and it turned out to be amazing! It's wonderful when you read a story blind and it pays off. Kyaa!

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Megamind

How to Free Oneself of Persistent Mellon-Kolly by slr2moons
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Megamind is caught by Roxanne and Bernard in the museum, and the resulting fallout ends up leading to an explosion, swarming brain-bots, confessions, witty banter, delighted evil plotting, and three cups of hot coffee.
length: one-shot at 9,745 words
setting: goes AU during the museum destruction scene
s2m's comments: A fun what-if story! Megamind is his glorious, overdramagic, naive self as he works to get rid of that pesky mellon-kolly, and manages to make a couple of friends along the way. Somehow. Bernard has some great moments in this fic, much more than he was given in canon! And Roxanne, always the voice of (frustrated) reason. ^^

Rules of the Game, The by Cinaed
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Three times Megamind, Metro Man, or Roxanne called time-out during a battle. Pre-movie.
length: one-shot at 2,035 words
setting: before the film
s2m's comments: This adorable gen fic makes me want to hug the entire cast! Feel-goods and warm fuzzies all around. X3 We see a different nuance to the various friendships of the characters, and Minion's moment of trial made me melt. *sniffles* Fab fic! (And of course the girl would rather have the robot. I mean, how cool would that be?!)

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Miss Fisher's Murder Mysteries

NEW!!!1! Series of Optical Illusions, A by Fahye
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Phryne/Jack; R
author's summary, slightly shortened: Miss Phryne Fisher sets a trap, throws a party, and reconciles her differences.
length: one-shot at 20,391 words
setting: after the tv series ends
s2m's comments: A fun case fic with a dose of romance, just like canon! :3 The fic tosses you into the middle of a case, with Phryne baiting a murderer and circling around Jack at the same time. Ahhh, such lovely UST! This one is a good read, with fabulous costume porn and a perfect ending.

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Monsters, Inc

Still Waiting to Wake Up by Beboots
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Randall has been in the swamp a bit too long... Not a humor fic.
length: one-shot at 4,265 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: Randall is my fave character from the movie, and this fic gives us a sad glimpse of his fate in the bayou. The writing has some problems, but they are outweighed by the powerful ending. *sniffles*
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Mulan

First Kiss, Among Other Things by contrary_izybel
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Mulan/OFC; R
author's summary: Her friends, bless their rat faced souls, were wonderful. So wonderful they decided it was up to them to make a man out of Ping.
length: one-shot at 2,634 words
setting: later on in Mulan's training
s2m's comments: A cute, short fic! Mulan lucked out with her lady of the night, I must say. :3 A sweet read!

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
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Sense of Freedom, A by Fyre
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Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Sweet Water by wendybyrd
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Mulan/Shang; R
author's summary: Mulan, Shang, a river by moonlight... Those who would see this as profane look away! Hide your eyes, for yes! I have brought sex into the story.
length: one-shot at 4,917 words
setting: later on in Mulan's soldier training
s2m's comments: I like how this fic found a believable way for Mulan and Shang to have a romantic encounter before Shang found out the truth. ^^ If you're looking for some literary smut, here you go!

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Mummy, The (movie)

From the Sacrificial Altar of the Concubine of Isis by slipsthrufingers
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: “How does that saying go?” Evy mutters to herself, and struggles against the bonds holding her down, twisting her wrists this way and that... “Fool me once... Fool me twice...”
length: one-shot at 1,685 words
setting: after the 2nd film
s2m's comments: Hahahah!! XD The ancient Egyptian translation is the best. XD The summary doesn't say much, so let me expand upon it: Evy is caught once again in an Imhotep Anck-Su-Namun resurrection attempt, but Imhotep forgot the gag. *snicker*

No Harm Ever Came from Digging Up the Past by russian_blue
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Take That, Bembridge Scholars! by seren_ccd
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Evy/Rick; PG
author's summary: The world has been saved and there's really only one thing left to do. Evy writes a strongly worded letter to the Bembridge Scholars. Oh, she gets married, too.
length: one-shot at 5,271 words
setting: immediately after the first film
s2m's comments: This is a very enjoyable fic! Evy, Rick, and Jonathan are all spot-on. Evy makes Cambridge's shortcomings very clear in her letter, intersperced with vignettes of the trio's journey away from the movie's finale, Rick's awkward proposal, the wedding itself, and the start of their next adventure. A delightful read!

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Mushishi

What the Ocean Keeps by AwayLaughing
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Written for Yuletide 2013 for [sic]
s2m's more descriptive summary: Adashino realizes an unknown mushi is at work in his village, and he sends a plea for Ginko to come.
length: one-shot at 2,744 words
setting: after vol 1
s2m's comments: This lovely fic could be part of canon, and even invokes the feeling I receive whenever I read the manga! Ginko and Adashino's friendship is a delight, and the story and mushi are intriguing. C: An excellent little case fic.

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My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic

Best Night Ever, The by Cap'n Chryssalid
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Rarity/Prince Blueblood; PG-13
author's summary: Prince Blueblood thought the Grand Galloping Gala was over. He thought he could just go to sleep and put it behind him. He never expected to be reliving the same disaster of a day, over and over...and over.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 51,756 words
setting: the first season's finale
s2m's comments: This is my first Groundhog Day-style fic, and it's certainly set the bar high! Watching poor Prince Blueblood realizing what's going on, panicking, and then trying to escape the loop in all sorts of ways is...funny, horrible, interesting, and amazing. Definitely worth a read! Note the ship is really more of a side story. The main focus of the fic is the Prince's ordeal with the loop. ^^

Top 10%!!1! Children of the Night by Duo Cartoonist
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary, shortened: This short animation tells the tale of what would have been the origin of Nightmare Night, and the catalyst element that forced Celestia to banish Luna.
length: video at 4 minutes, 20 seconds long
setting: before canon, but you need to have met Discord
s2m's comments: Beautiful. Staggering. Glorious. A complete joy to watch. I can't express how much I love this short animation. WOW.

Cold Light of the Stars, The by AbsoluteAnonymous
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Twilight and Luna bond over the winter eclipse together.
length: one-shot at 4,925 words
setting: 2nd season after Nightmare Night ep
s2m's comments: Melancholy and beautiful, this fic explores Luna's reaction to the changed modern Equestria she has found after being rescued from her banishment inside the moon and her different place in it--particuarly now that science has explained the moon's existence. Twilight's listening and understanding and encouragement gives me as much hope as it does Luna! Friendship is magic, indeed. ^^

Moonstone Cup, The by Cyanide
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; G
author's summary: Twilight is invited to Canterlot to compete with some of the greatest magicians in the world for the Moonstone Cup, a prestigious award for the most powerful and skillful magicians, unicorn and otherwise. Can she win? What sort of competition will she face?
length: complete at 17 chapters, 61,073 words
setting: not very far into season 2
s2m's comments: I quite enjoy a rousing adventure fic that can give a touch of fright to the reader, and this fic delivers! The author doesn't cut corners--we experience every match Twilight tackles in the tournament, and plenty of side-action, too! The matches are NOT repetative or boring. ^^V Trixie does her best to steal this show, but Twilight prevails! The fic also shows us how important Twilight's friends are to her, and gives Luna some lovely depth, as well. The author did some excellent worldbuilding, too!

Naked Singularity by Cold in Gardez
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; fictional FOC/MOC, fictional FOC/FOC; R
author's summary: Twilight Sparkle is a gifted student and scholar. When she attempts to harness her creative side by writing a science-themed sensual romance novel, however, things rapidly get out of hoof. Can her friends stage an intervention before she humiliates herself (and them) at a prestigious literature recital? No. No, they cannot.
length: one-shot at 10,524 words
setting: Technically after season two, though there are no spoilers aside from Twilight's parents.
s2m's comments: BAHAHAHAHAH! A most delightful comedy, indeed! XD I laughed so hard, I cried!

Top 10%!!1! Only With the Heart by Taste_is_Sweet
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Star in Yellow, The by Blueshift
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G book abuse (I'm warning for it because it made reading this fic difficult, and I can't be the only one who dearly loves books!)
author's summary, shortened: Deep in the Royal Library is a book. A terrible book that is said to send whoever reads it mad. A book which has just been accidently checked out by Spike on behalf of Twilight Sparkle. The Star In Yellow is rising once more, and only Rainbow Dash and Spike can save Twilight before it's too late. Ideas live forever. Ponies do not.
length: complete at 3 chapters and one author's note, 30,177 words
setting: somewhere in season one
s2m's comments: This fic made me stop and think for a while, and that is always noteworthy. ^^ It seems to be a stock possessed-book-story, but then you realize it's not. Very interesting... Brace yourself for the mistreatment of books, though. *wince*

To The Rescue by OpheliaRising
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Naruto

Accounting no Jutsu by daniel-gudman
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Lots of people have postulated that Naruto's good at financial planning. Let's follow that thought a little farther into the future.
length: one-shot at 1,164 words
setting: AU before Shippuuden, but it kind of doesn't matter in this one
s2m's comments: Bahahahahah!! XD Good humor fic is so hard to find!! =D

Afternoon Missions by paxnirvana
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Before The Dawn by Lady Silvamord
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Sakura/Itachi; R
author's summary: Fifteen-year-old Sakura never expected to become a traitor to her village, but in a Konoha ruled by Danzou, she has no other choice. Finding her path entangling with the village's most infamous renegade, though, was another story entirely.
length: complete at 21 chapters, 250,455 words
setting: splits from canon after the big Shippuuden!Itachi-Sasuke battle
s2m's comments: This fic is another example of the good outweighing the drawbacks. The characterization is top-notch: Sakura is definitely her fierce, loyal self, and Itachi reserved, honorable, and intelligent. The plot is engaging, and even with the constant use of epithets ("the pink-haired kunoichi") and the canon and logistic errors (Konohagakure is NOT an hour and a half away from Sunagakure...) the fic is definitely enjoyable. The romance works, and the setup is amusing and believable! Just sit back and enjoy the romantic drama, really. And be prepared for lots of collarbone references and hair-raking. C:

Beginnings by Rayneken
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Naruto was six years old when he met the man who changed his life. ...Now he's kind of just hoping he survives it.
length: complete at 12 chapters, 81,685 words
setting: AU starting before volume 1, but it's best to have read canon through volume 50 or you might be rather lost at times.
s2m's comments: Here's a fun one! The fluff can be so cute it hurts, but the author balances it with some great comedy and darker moments. It does have a rather large number of canon-defying pop culture references, but they are easily forgiven. I really enjoyed reading this fic!

Top 10%!!1! Break in the Routine by maldoror_gw
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; Gai/Kakashi; PG-13
author's summary: No official one, so here's my version: Kakashi is used to his routine of training, reading his books, and dealing with Gai's unending challenges. But Gai proposes a new kind of challenge, and Kakashi's peaceful(?) life is suddenly thrown rather off-kilter.
length: complete at 4 chapters and an epilogue, 18,469 words
setting: beginning of Shippuuden
s2m's comments: Maldoror's Gai-sensei is magnificent! Full of Youthful Vigor and the Power of Spring! Poor Kakashi never stood a chance. Eeeeheeheee! Why read boring old KakaIru when you can have fun and well-toned KakaGai instead??? *3* Use the link on Maldoror's name at the above page to access the remaining chapters.

Calm Before the Storm by paxnirvana
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Chance Encounter by paxnirvana
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Childish Things by Betula
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: An account of a Team 7 mission through the eyes of an outsider.
length: one-shot at 3,346 words
setting: Team 7's happy genin days
s2m's comments: I find it very easy to relate to this fic's main character and her fascination with dashing, heroic ninja. How many of us as children dreamed of being pirates, astronaughts, or movie stars? ^^ Her observations of Team 7 are touching, and her dose of reality quietly chilling. Wow.

Decisions Don't Come Easy by aishuu
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Sandaime comes to a different solution for the Uchiha problem.
length: one-shot at 475 words
setting: before the series begins, spoilers for volume 43/Shippuuden ep 141
s2m's comments: Short and powerful. Oh, if ONLY...

Top 10%!!1! Diplomatic Relations by maldoror_gw
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Gaara/Lee; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: I can't find an official one, so I wrote one: Lee is sent to Sunagakure as Konoha's Diplomatic Liaison by special request from Gaara. Ever the optimist, Lee makes the most of his position and continues his quest to protect his precious person.
length: complete at 23 chapters, four side stories, and an epilogue. I have no idea how many words, but it's quite a large number, I'm sure. ^^
setting: just before the Rescue Gaara Shippuuden arc
s2m's comments: One of the most famous Naruto fics out there, and for good reason. If you ever thought Lee/Gaara could never work, read this fic and see if you still consider them a crack pairing. *wink* :9

Distracting and a Great Bother by slr2moons
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; FOC/Gaara; PG-13
author's summary: Gaara is fished out of the river by a woman who quickly realizes that might not have been the best idea.
length: complete at 7 chapters, 23,365 words
setting: between the Chuunin Exam and Sasuke Retrieval story arcs
s2m's comments: Gaara changed so much after Naruto beat a conscience into him, and this fic explores what else might have happened to change him during that fragile time. A fic that's a bit different from the norm, I believe. ^^

Easier to Give In by lovesrainscent
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Tsunade/Jiraiya; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: After the time skip, Jiraiya and Naruto have returned to Konoha. Tsunade begins to realize that she wants Jiraiya as much more than just a friend. But she's convinced that her duties as Hokage take precedence and she's also afraid to love someone and then lose them again. However, she should know that with Jiraiya it's easier just to give in.
length: complete at 8 chapters, 10,982 words
setting: early Shippuuden
s2m's comments: This is the first romance fic I've read involving Tsunade, and it's set the bar quite high! A good read, complete with temperamental Tsunade and delightfully devious Jiraiya. I rather enjoyed how Tsunade has to work for it; she doesn't just crook her finger and have Jiraiya jumping into her arms. I particularly admire how the author uses the Icha Icha books. ^^

Eight Days a Week by Hokuto
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Every shinobi has a weak point - and Iruka's is orphans. AU where Iruka adopts everyone; contains what is probably some quite egregious timeline fudging in the service of fluff.
length: stalled WIP at 3 chapters, 16,856 words
setting: Begins the day after the Uchiha massacre
s2m's comments: A sweet AU, with a believable premise that I wish were canon! This fic is already enjoyable, and has a great deal of potential. I look forward to reading more!

End of Eternity: Beginning by thisl0ser
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; none; G
author's summary: Gai's youth is over.
length: one-shot at 3,448 words
setting: after fanon version of fourth war, Gai is 62
s2m's comments: Poignant and powerful, this fic makes me tear up every time I read it. I'd often wondered how well Gai would age, given his extreme fighting style. I'm glad this fic gives him the chance for a satisfying ending.

Foxtrail by Becky Tailweaver
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Naruto follows an unusual trail and discovers that even the most hated of enemies can leave someone behind to mourn them.
length: one-shot, 4,152 words
setting: sometime before Shippuuden
s2m's comments: This fic is a curious mixture of subtle and obvious, but it works! A powerful one-shot.

Freedom in the Eyes of Another by Oroburos69
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; R, graphic violence, off-screen torture
author's summary: The Wave Mission is a failure. Team Seven is captured. Sasuke is gone. Kakashi is next. Sakura has no choice but to be a hero.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 26,347 words
setting: splits from canon during their first encounter with Zabuza and Haku
s2m's comments: A common what-if idea in Naruto fandom is What if Sakura weren't so helpless at the very beginning? This fic's author takes that idea and goes crazy. They have written a powerful and gruesome ordeal as genin Sakura saves everyone, even (some of) the bad guys. OMG YES.

Harsh Reality by paxnirvana
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history has its eyes on you series by tasalmalin
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Kushina/Minato, Gai/Kakashi; R
author's summary, shortened: This series is a Kakashi-centric time travel fix-it. It starts out dark, but the real heart of the story is one of healing, and there are happy endings on the horizon.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 128,262 words
setting: splits from canon after Shippuuden!Sasuke faces Itachi
s2m's comments: Here is a mastery of fix it. The author begins by making things in later canon much worse than they actually were, and sends beloved characters back in time to try to change events. But unlike most time travel fics, the out of time characters are affected by the horrid events that started them on the journey. It's a long road to recovery, and I have never read such effective PTSD before. But there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and I really like just how the author went about fixing things after all. ^^

How to File Form 39-B by thehoyden
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Iruka/Kakashi; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: The first time Iruka met Hatake Kakashi, he was still on some pretty good painkillers.
length: one-shot at 10,426 words
setting: after the very first chapter and episode
s2m's comments: A lovely, understated romance! I love how Kakashi works himself into Iruka's life, and Iruka's informal adoption of Naruto is so sweet, too. You guys know I'm a sucker for a good found family fic! *sniffles* A joy to read, and a classic for a reason. :3

In Another Life by fall_into_life
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Shizune/Tsunade; R
author's summary: In her dreams, Shizune wears the First's necklace and Tsunade wears a smile just for her.
length: one-shot at 5,140 words
setting: begins soon after Tsunade becomes Hokage
s2m's comments: This is a sweet story about Tsunade realizing it's okay for her to want someone in her life besides Dan. It's good to see Shinune's one-sided love become mutual. Beautifully written!

Intentions and Intoxications by TJ_Dragonblade
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Sai/Yamato; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Yamato thinks his attraction to Sai inappropriate. Sai has other ideas. Alcohol is a convenient enabler. Post-war.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 14,181 words
setting: after a fanon ending to the war
s2m's comments: This pairing never occurred to me before reading this fic. I must salute the author, because they made me believe it! Sai is very much his direct and unknowingly awkward self as he goes after Yamato, who does his best to be responsible even as he progressively isn't. Heh. ^^ This fic could easily have turned squicky or trite, but I quite like how the author handled it, and wrote one of my fave first-time fics ever. Nice!

Iyoku (Desire) by DrivvenWrinth
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Naruto/Neji/Shikamaru; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Finding someone to love is nice... finding two to love is joyous.
length: complete at 2 chapters, 21,553 words
setting: real world AU, the guys are all grown up. No canon spoilers
s2m's comments: The best word for this fic is "campy". It's pretty much a gay threesome romance novel, and all the more fun for it. All the characters are working adults, and you don't have to know canon to enjoy this fic. It could easily be original fiction (which means the canon characterizations are a bit off, but the story is so engrossing, I don't mind!) The author uses some lovely imagery, and I found the story very engaging and just had to find out what happens! Ino completely steals the show. XD To be fair, the Uchiha brothers are not shown in a very good light, but don't take anything too seriously. This is a straight-up romance novel, and you gotta have a villain so the heroes can save the dude in distress! :3 (This fic also has a lot of homonym errors for the level of syntax used.)

Kakashi Mission, The by JBMcDragon
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Iruka/Kakashi; R or NC-17 depending on which version of a couple chapters you choose read, graphic sex if you partake of it
author's summary, shortened by s2m: They sat in silence for a while. Iruka sipped tea, watching people walk past the little building. Kakashi's eye was closed, his hands linked behind his head and making a worse mess of his hair than it already was. "Gai's pretty sure you have a crush on me," Kakashi said. Iruka coughed his tea all over the porch.
length: complete at 19 chapters and a prologue, ~35,000 words
setting: after Team 7 separates
s2m's comments: Once again, I find myself somehow reading and enjoying KakaIru! This emotionally damaged version of Kakashi-sensei is rather extreme, but the author does a good job of showing how he became this way. Thankfully the fic does have a lot of comic relief to balance it out.

Lavender Beast of Konoha, The by Mark Doherty
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: In a fit of hubris, Hiashi forced Hinata to attend the same Academy class as Neji. Having never been in the same class as Naruto, who shall serve as her inspiration to grow stronger? AU Team Gai: Lee, Tenten, Hinata.
length: abandoned WIP at 5 chapters, 42,858 words
setting: a year before canon begins
s2m's comments: Hinata being Gai's student is perfect. He has so much confidence! So much cheer! So much encouragement for his cute students! Gai-sensei is the perfect sensei for Hinata!! *flails* My only regret about this fic is that it is abandoned. I want MORE!! But the nice-sized chunk that is up is definitely enjoyable. If the beginning is hard for you to read, stick it out. Things improve! :D Ahhhh, if only!!

Leaf's Naruto, The by Morta's Priest
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: There's something to be said for keeping the past as it was - makes it predictable, malleable. Naruto never bought those arguments. He's always been the one to power through adversity rather than wait it out, so why would now be any different? He'll do what has to be done, even if he steps on a few butterflies along the way.
length: stalled WIP at 23 chapters, 188,736 words
setting: AU before the series begins
s2m's comments: I do love a good time-travel fic, especially when the author isn't afraid to toss canon events out the window and let their characters direct their new fate. C: Strongly written and enjoyable, this version of Naruto is one I've seldom encountered in fic: a capable assassin from the future, who passed on becoming Hokage in favor of serving Konoha in secret. And now he's back in his Academy-days self and ready to fix everything that went wrong before. Compelling and very exciting!

Little Green Leaf by Ninja Shen
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Tenten/Kankuro; PG
author's summary: ...Fine. If you wanna die so bad, it's your call. But you gotta prove to me you're worth the effort. I'll let you fight my sister... but first, you gotta get through ME.
length: complete at 8 chapters, 36,591 words
setting: a few years after the Shippuuden timeskip, but ignoring Shippuuden canon
s2m's comments: A light-hearted romance fic, with a story about determination and growing stronger! Unfortunately the author didn't realize how far apart Suna and Konoha actually are, but just go with it. :P This is a fun story, and I enjoyed reading it. Heee.

Locker Room Therapy by Asuka Kureru
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Hurt/Comfort; Naruto/Sasuke; NC-17, off-screen torture and off-screen rape
author's summary: He'd rather think about Sasuke punching him, kissing him. It's weird, but normal-weird. It's not waking up handcuffed to a lead pipe and being held down as a psycho with his father's face calls him 'my son' and carves up his cheeks.
length: one-shot at 7,337 words
setting: real-world high school AU
s2m's comments: This fic is proof that no matter how worn-out a trope, a good author can make it work, and work WELL. This fic is dark and painful and not happy in the slightest, and it's all the more powerful because of it. The relationship between Naruto and Sasuke feels perfect, their characters ring true, and in the end I was so very glad Naruto had Sasuke to help him.

Losing Sleep by Sugahlei
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Naruto/Sasuke; PG
author's summary: ...Naruto loses sleep but not like that, and it's all Sasuke's fault.
length: one-shot at 3,865 words
setting: very vague, no mention of their ages, curse scars, or Sasuke leaving or coming back to the village, but Sakura has medical training.
s2m's comments: D'awww! This fic is a sweet, sticky gem. The author did a fine job of slowly shifting from Naruto simply wanting a full night's sleep to his wanting to comfort Sasuke from his nightmares, and then the gradual change to something more. I was particularly touched by Naruto worrying about Sasuke's reaction to the kyuubi inside him. This is great comfort fic, if you're feeling down and want to read something tender.

Making Arrangements by CrownsofLaurels (laurel1020)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; always-a-girl!Naruto/Kakashi; PG-13
author's summary: It takes a Village to make a relationship--Or, at least, a bunch of over-reaching grumpy old farts, a military leader with a bit too much to drink, a nosy but well meaning kunoichi, eight ninken, and the power of youth. And a really cranky chakra monster with nine tails and a penchant for swearing.
length: complete at 19 chapters, 189,984 words
setting: splits from canon after Pain's attack on Konohagakure
s2m's comments: This fic is a fun and light-hearted comedy that never let me down! :D Naruto's seduction of Kakashi is an endless trial of hilarity, as well as how their friends deal with it all. The mission aspect makes good side-story case fic, too! A great read for an epic pick-me-up. ^^V

Manifestations of Regret by thisloser
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Gai/Kakashi; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Gai gets a girlfriend; Kakashi reacts.
length: one-shot at 17,589 words
setting: the guys are in their late twenties, no plot spoilers
s2m's comments: What makes this fic remarkable is how clearly the reader can see Kakashi's feelings, even though the fic is written entirely in Gai's POV. Gai's determination to find the eternal beauty of love and a family, even with the constant rejection he earns, is so perfectly Gai. I also found it delightful how the knowledge that his friend Kakashi wants him as more than a friend changes Gai's perceptions of same. (This fic is unfortunately locked on LJ. Thankfully we have the FF.net mirror!)

Mornings by Dreaming of Everything
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Because Gaara is always there in the mornings. Gen sandsibs bondingfic, completed one-shot.
length: one-shot at 5,393 words
setting: before Shippuuden, soon after the big Gaara vs Naruto fight
s2m's comments: This fic describes Gaara in that fragile period before he finds his precious people, told from Temari and Kankurou's POVs. This story will grab you by the heart. Poor Gaara is trying so hard to show he cares, but he doesn't know how, his siblings are oblivious to his desire to change his relationship, and it's all just an emotional hopeless mess. Right?

Need by link no miko
genre; ship; rating; rating: Drama, Romance; Sakura/Lee; G
author's summary: When Lee first met Sakura, all he had to go on was that she was beautiful and strong and fully alive in her own little Spring.
length: one-shot at 1,079 words
setting: before Shippuuden
s2m's comments: A lovely little one-shot that handles Lee/Sakura very well, without ignoring Sakura's Sasuke obsession and keeping both her and Lee IC. Very good. *nods*

Night Pursuit by paxnirvana
read its full listing on the series page: Twenty-Fifth Rule, The

Ninja Omake Theater by paxnirvana
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No Way in Hell by Lucillia
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: After Kakashi inadvertently slips up, Sasuke and Sakura discover who Naruto's parents were. Sasuke refuses to believe that Naruto is the son of the Fourth Hokage despite all of the evidence he gathers that points to that fact.
length: complete at 13 chapters, 9,121 words
setting: Begins in volume 1, and covers material all the way through chapter 624
s2m's comments: This fic had me in stitches! The repercussions of Naruto's true identity and Sasuke's determination to prove it impossible are hilarious to watch as they wreak havoc upon canon events. I only wish the fic were longer!

Outclassed by WinterOfOurDiscontent
genre; ship; rating; rating: Comedy, Romance, PG-13
author's summary: Hatake Kakashi is a jounin. Umino Iruka is only a chuunin. But this time, Kakashi's outclassed. KakaIru, shounenai.
length: abandoned WIP at 12 chapters, 15,823 words
setting: in the sweet, innocent span between Team 7's formation and their meeting Zabuza and Haku
s2m's comments: I never thought I'd like a KakaIru fic, but this one proved me wrong. The humor won me over, and her characterizations are great. Gai almost steals the show! A shame it's stalled, but what's up is a great read.

Perception by Cynchick
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance, NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: The Akatsuki think Sakura will be the perfect bait to lure the Kyuubi but they get a whole lot more than they planned for. A story about the blurred line between good and evil and how what we think we know can be proven very, very wrong. ItaSaku
length: complete at 20 chapters, 140,125 words
setting: AU after chapter 330/volume 38, specifically the death of a certain villain
s2m's comments: I have to give this author credit: rather than belting out a straight-forward romance fic, they invested the effort to give us a thought-provoking and painful exploration of how mutual understanding between enemies can make things difficult for both sides. This one is a satisfying read and not for the faint of heart.

Silver Lining by Cynchick
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Sakura/Deidara; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Sequel to Perception. Eight years ago they said goodbye forever. Now, when they have both lost everything, fate has thrown them together again in the most unlikely of ways.
length: complete at 15 chapters, 118,305 words
setting: 8 years after events in Perception
s2m's comments: This one is a straight-forward romance fic that nicely satisfied my "Am I crazy, or..." wonderings while reading the prequel. It starts angsty and turns rather mushy, but then Sakura is a very passionate person! *shameless grin* Hey, I like fluff sometimes! :D

Possession by Fractured Dreams
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Naruto/Sasuke; R
author's summary: When you've lost everything you've ever held dear in your heart, it's hard to pick up the pieces and start again. But Naruto gets a chance to rebuild his life and find peace with his past. And perhaps, to find love with another. Shounen ai, Sas x naru, AU
length: abandoned WIP at 41 chapters, 194,507 words
setting: real world AU, no shinobi at all
s2m's comments: This Sasuske/Naruto fic takes fandom clichés and shows how they can work in the hands of a good writer. You can watch her writing improve as the story progresses. In fact, I was so engrossed with her story that I didn't mind the grammar mistakes and typos all over the beginning in the slightest. This fic is an exception in that the characters are wildly OOC, but...her versions work. XD And it has horses it in!! Kyaaa!! *was a horse otaku in days gone by*

Replacement by Maria Rianki
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, a little Romance; Naruto/Sai; PG-13
author's summary: Starts Pre-shippuden. Danzo is not content with the shadows, and is always plotting in the shadows to take over the light... yet betrayal from within his own trusted ranks becomes evident. NaruSai fluff. Rated for future dark themes/violence.
length: abandoned WIP at 22 chapters, 134,479 words
setting: goes AU after the Sasuke Retreival arc
s2m's comments: This fic is engaging, and gives us an interesting look at the world from Sai's point of view. The AU changes do not parallel canon--something that I prefer. This fic is definitely character-driven, and the hints of romance are truly scrumptuous.

Shared Sky, A by Quillslinger
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: The black coat is the only scar that he could remove at will. AU ficlet. Ensemble cast.
length: one-shot at 1,865 words
setting: the second Shippuuden ending theme (the HS AU one)
s2m's comments: A charming little fic that completely won me over! ^///^ Each character's visit to see Naruto in the hospital is sweet, and the ending has a lovely hint of more to come for Naruto. I like it!

Sharing Sake by paxnirvana
read its full listing on the series page: Twenty-Fifth Rule, The

Silver Lining by Cynchick
read its full listing under its prequel, Perception

Somewhere I Have Never Traveled, Gladly Beyond by Wyntermute
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Sakura/Deidara; PG-13
author's summary: Naruto had been bragging all day that his new jutsu was his best yet. Sakura and her new situation beg to differ. Post timeskip. DeiSaku.
length: complete at 16 chapters, 82,879 words
setting: after the Rescue Gaara Shippuuden arc
s2m's comments: This fic was my first experience with Sakura/Deidara, and before its summary caught my eye, I'd never considered it. I gave the fic a try, and was glad I did! (Yes, even with the Naruto-bashing.) Sakura and Deidara's uneasy alliance to find their way home, dealing with foreign cultures, and all the lovely UST make for a satisfying read.

Sound of Dreams, The by zrina
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Naruto/Sasuke; NC-17, graphic sex, rape, and graphic violence
author's summary: On the eve of being confined to the village to keep the Kyuubi out of Akatsuki's hands, Naruto leaves Konoha to try one last time to save Sasuke from Orochimaru
length: complete at 73 chapters, 248,054 words
setting: goes AU in chapter 332, when Naruto is in the middle of his [highlight for spoiler]wind chakra training.
s2m's comments: A magnificent epic in both plot and emotions! It takes guts to write fic this huge in scope. I am very impressed with zrina, especially since the author says this is their first fanfic. O.o I am humbled by their talents!

Spin Me Right Round Baby by Asuka Kureru
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Naruto/Sakura/Sasuke; R
author's summary:"The drunker Sasuke was, the harder it got to make the bottle end its spin onto appropriate people without anyone catching on." NaruSasuSaku OT3, humor and making out.
length: one-shot at 3,024 words
setting: after chapter 550 or so, more about character backgrounds than plot events
s2m's comments: Spin the bottle is a classic ficcing trope, and here's a hilarious example! Complete with a certain someone rigging the game. ^^ Grumpy!Sasuke can be so much fun. I giggled and snickered all the way through this one.

Sumi by 1Yui
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; none; PG-13
author's summary: Sai smiled as he watched the three original members of Team 7 embrace each other by the gates of Konoha, Sasuke with a reserved grin, Naruto beaming, and Sakura all flushed with happiness. Yes, Sai thought. That kind of bond was worth fighting for, worth protecting.
length: complete at 29 chapters, 72,022 words
setting: after fanon ending for the ninja war, contains spoilers through chapter 617
s2m's comments: This fic is an emotional roller coaster for the audience as they watch Sai handle changes in his life and teammates with progressively worse reactions. *wince* I found the fic very engrossing, and definitely enjoyed reading it. Sometimes I like to watch my favorite characters squirm! X3 This fic has a different take on Sai and post-war Sasuke, both of which I rather enjoyed. And for all the author's flailings that the fic is super-dark, compared to several of the other stories I've recced here, it's actually not that bad.

Top 10%!!1! talking for the dead by Fahye
genre; ship; rating: Drama; background Sakura/Naruto; G
author's summary: Sai knows that the name that was chosen for him was a fortuitous one.
length: one-shot at 862 words
setting: after Sai's intro to the team
s2m's comments: This fic punches me in the gut every time. An excellent short dark!fic that's a character study of Sai and his observations upon Naruto and Sakura. Very powerful, and sad, and pretty much perfect. *wince* Oh damn, that ending! T.T

Top 10%!!1! Team 8 by S'TarKan
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: What if Naruto had been selected for a different team? What if he'd had a different mentor? Who would guess the consequences would be so large?
length: stalled WIP at 24 chapters, 276,868 words
setting: AU, starting at Naruto's graduation from the Ninja Academy. Yes, the very beginning!
s2m's comments: O.o This fic is officially my Naruto favorite. Yes, you heard me!! The author has done a breathtaking job of creating an amazing, workable AU with Naruto belonging to a different team. The changes this makes in his character, his teammates, and to canon events are completely believable and something that must be experienced. This fic is on my top 10 list, no doubt about it.

Ten Facts About Team Yamato by Lisse
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: On paper, their team doesn't exist.
s2m's more helpful summary: Ten vignettes that give us a glimpse into the Shippuuden team of Naruto, Sakura, Sai, and Captain Yamato.
length: one-shot at 542 words
setting: mid-Shippuuden
s2m's comments: This fic delivers ten short and powerful insights into the members of Team Yamato. It's rare for a fic this short to win me over, but this one does it. Beautifully!

Thoughtful, Moving Exploration of Passionate Youth, A by thehoyden
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Gai/Iruka; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: It said something about Gai that Iruka was actually unsure whether that was a line.
length: one-shot at 15,424 words
setting: before the series begins
s2m's comments: This fic made me want to happy!squish Iruka and Gai! It takes a third of the story for romance to enter, but it's worth the wait. Iruka's obliviousness to Gai's attraction is adorable, and it's a joy when he clues in and returns it. *happy sigh* A rare pair, indeed, but it works! Kakashi has some great moments, too. Naruto and Lee are adorable in the fic, particularly since they are how our loving couple meet. :3 Well-written and very enjoyable, with lots of family feels. I about melted at "Umino Naruto". D'awwww!

Three Months by kaotic312
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Too many to list. They're all het, if memory serves; PG-13
author's summary: When the girls get together, watch out! They're making lists and checking it twice. Are the guys in or out? Shika, Neji, Naruto, and Sasuke are now declared 'undateable' by the girls. Who does that leave? Rated T for language.
length: complete at 50 chapters, 239,084 words
setting: after vol36/Shippuuden ep88, but does reference later canon events
s2m's comments: If you need to laugh, then this fic will deliver! It certainly doesn't feel like a 200k+ epic, either. ^^V Beyond just the humor, this author makes the various relationships develop realistically and with appropriately placed friction. *adjusts halo* Fans of Lee and Sai do not despair, those two boys aren't left out at all! X3

Truth Decays, The by Marz1
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Twenty-Fifth Rule, The by paxnirvana
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Iruka/Kakashi; PG
author's summary: Iruka struggles with Kakashi over the value of his role as teacher to Naruto.
length: one-shot at 5,298 words
setting: just before the Chuunin Exam
s2m's comments: This fic explores the aftermath of the famous Kakashi/Iruka pre-Exam argument. The author spun canon into a very plausible moment. I must applaud!

The full listing of this series' eight fics can be found on the series page: Twenty-Fifth Rule, The

Woman's Strength, A by Kiya Sama
genre; ship; rating: Drama; a little Naruto/Sasuke; PG
author's summary: Kakashi has dared Sasuke with a challenge he MUST complete. So what's Naruto got to do with this?
length: one-shot at 3,161 words
setting: Sasuke is fifteen, no plot spoilers
s2m's comments: This little fic starts off with a hint of crack, but turns sweet and a little powerful at the end. It's made me sit back and d'awwww twice, and thus I chose to include it here. A cute and suprisingly good little bit of drama!

Xylophilia by Crunchysunrises
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; main ships: Kakashi/Yamato, Sai/Sakura/Yamato, side ships: Aoba/Anko/Yamato, Sakura/Yamato, Sakura/Sai, Sai/Yamato; R
author's summary: Kakashi is Tenzo's first love. Sakura and Sai are his final ones.
length: one-shot at 4,414 words
setting: begins when Tenzo-Yamato is fourteen, extends to when he's 26, no canon spoilers aside from where Yamato's jutsu originated
s2m's comments: I can really feel Yamato's frustration with his sempai's avoidance of his feelings--something that makes the ending very satisfying. This fic has some delightful interpretations I've not run across before, such as exactly how Kakashi's obtained his houseplant, Mr. Ukki, and the different reactions to Yamato's wood jutsu and his origins. Sakura's delight with Yamato's skills is sweet and made me very happy for him. Blunt Sai is perfect!

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Natsume Yuujinchou (Natsume's Book of Friends)

Dreams by Sententiae
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: There are places Madara doesn’t like to visit, and the foremost of these are Natsume’s dreams.
length: one-shot at 1,003 words
setting: after volume 1
s2m's comments: This sad, painful fic has a sweet ending that makes all the pain worth it. *sniffles*

Mirror's Depth by foxinthestars
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: The Matoba clan had a long-standing tradition of how its leaders were chosen, but this time it took an unexpected turn.
length: one-shot at 3,218 words
setting: before canon, you need to know about Matoba's eyepatch
s2m's comments:This beautifully written fic tells us the story of how Matoba Seiji became the leader of his entire clan when he was only nine years old. Powerful and creepy, even when you know what's coming! It's a perfect missing scene and backstory. I like it! C:

Ordinary Session, An by volta_arovet
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Takeo has been to many therapists. This session goes a bit differently.
length: one-shot at 2,453 words
setting: best to have read through vol 6, just to know all the characters mentioned in the story
s2m's comments: A sweet fic that gives me hope for Natsume's future!! *hugs him*

Repaired and Strengthened by slr2moons
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: The kitsune travels to see Natsume again, carrying a broken bowl and heavy heart. Natsume is happy to see him a third time, and even Nyanko-sensei is pleased. Ominously pleased
length: one-shot at 4,433 words
setting: after the kitsune's second story arc
s2m's comments: Here is a poignant and enjoyable story that could be straight out of canon! I love the hints of the kitsune's and Natsume's maturing, and as always Nyanko-sensei does his best to steal the show. Definitely worth reading. C:

Seven Year Promise by foxinthestars
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Natsume is haunted by a recurring nightmare that he's drowning. Nyanko-sensei sets out to investigate, then a strange youkai appears: one who knows that the answer lies in Natsume's past — and needs Tanuma's help to put things right before it's too late.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 29,238 words
setting: minor spoilers up to vol 15 or so, set well after the anime
s2m's comments: A lovely tale of friendship, promises, and understanding! *sniffles* The author has expertly captured the atmosphere and given us a fic that could be part of canon. The ending made me tear up, I was so happy for Natsume and Tanuma! The fic can be taken as pre-slash, if you like. :3 Be sure to read the final chapter, it's more than just author's notes.

Small Gestures by Stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: It takes a little while for Natsume to understand why Madara keeps messing up his hair.
length: one-shot at 1,038 words
setting: timeless!
s2m's comments: A beautiful series of vignettes that explores growing friendship, non-sexual intimacy, and playing with hair. Three of my favorite things! *melts into a puddle of happy goo*

Three Red Fish by Miaou Jones (miaoujones)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Natsume/Tanuma; G
author's summary: Natsume has been here before: even before he looks, he knows there will be a pond.
length: one-shot at 3,724 words
setting: when Natsume and Tanuma first meet, with spoilers for about mid-way through the series
s2m's comments: The ship in this fic is a small frame setup to some really good stuff: a powerful tale from Natsume's childhood. The author has crafted a gripping story in the mood of canon, which means have a box of tissues nearby and something soft and warm to hug!

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NCIS

Rictus by Sequitur
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; none; R, off-screen rape, off-screen underage
author's summary: How Tony Dinozzo started working for NCIS.
length: complete at 17 chapters, 63,201 words
setting: pre-canon, written before we knew anything about Dinozzo's parents
s2m's comments: This engrossing case fic gives us an origin story for Dinozzo's first meeting Gibbs and the events that led him to work for NCIS. The case itself is based upon an Agatha Christie novel (as stated by an ending A/N), but has been adapted to a modern setting very well! The characterizations are top-notch, including the OCs, making this an all-around excellent read. This fic was written years before we met Tony's canon father, so his parents in this story are completely fanon and patterned around the hints dropped in the first season or so.

(Un)covered by rageprufrock
genre; ship; rating: Romance; girl!Tony/Gibbs; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Toni has spent her entire life hopelessly in love with people.
length: one-shot at 27,099 words
setting: genderswap!Tony AU, starts with ep 54 (season 3) and later references events in season 6
s2m's comments: This is the first genderswap I've ever read (Ranma doesn't count because it's Ranma), and I am very impressed! I think the author did an amazing job of taking the male Tony we know from canon and spinning him into a believable woman. An in-character woman, at that! I believe I will be hard-pressed to find a second genderswap fic as good as this one. ^^

Stardust by kikkimax
read its full listing in the crossover section

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No. 6

Encore by cest_what
genre; ship; rating :Drama; Nezumi/Shion; PG
author's summary: Shion wasn't prepared for it to be such a replica of the first time.
length: one-shot at 1,460 words
setting: after the anime ends
s2m's comments: Short and sweet! I enjoyed the parallel, and the characterizations were spot-on. A concise, lovely fic!

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Ocean's 11

Johnny Appleseed (Or 5 Ways Rusty and Danny Might Have Met) by thehousekeeper
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Danny/Rusty; PG-13
author's summary: doesn't exist
s2m's more helpful summary: The title really says it all. Five possible ways the two might have met. C:
length: one-shot at 4,926 words
setting: various points before the first movie
s2m's comments: Each of the five possibilities in this fic is charming and believable, and I want more of them all! :DDD The author has particular skill with words, writing beautiful imagery without going purple at all. Nice. ^^

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One Piece

Alleviation by Tonko
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Nami/Zoro; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Nami has an extremely uncomfortable reaction to an island's pollen, and Zoro offers to help.
length: one-shot at 4,030 words
setting: on the Grand Line, before the time skip
s2m's comments: I went in to this fic afraid of what I might find, given its "lactation kink" tag, but what I found was a touching--and hot--story about helping a friend in pain. The author's self-admitted contrived circumstances seem plausible to me in the OP canon, if Oda-sensei dared to go into such sexual territory. ^^ A surprisingly enjoyable read!

dark blue sea, The by Violetta Jones (ViolettaJones)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Nami/Sanji; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Nami sometimes wonders about Sanji's demeanor, and discovers he has been hiding something from their crew. Will she spill the beans, or can they find a better way to deal with that matter?
length: complete at 2 chapters, 10,647 words
setting: in the Merry Go, on the Grand Line
s2m's comments: I never considered this interpretation of Sanji's character, but I like it! This fic makes me want to hug both Sanji and Nami, and I'm goo-ily happy for them at the end. *sniffle* My favorite part is a lovely observation by Nami about Sanji's expressions. WOW.

Fortunae Gauntlet by Velkyn Karma
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; R graphic violence
author's summary: When Usopp gets himself into trouble, his nakama unhesitatingly rescue him. But 'rescue' turns out to be a cut-throat fight-to-the-death combat challenge, and there could very well be fatal consequences. Features all Strawhats.
length: complete at 14 chapters, 75,062 words
setting: set before Water 7, but you need to know about Luffy's childhood flashback to avoid some spoilers
s2m's comments: A rousing adventure fic! Note it does have some rather gory character death. *wince* Aside from the dying, it reads a lot like actual canon. I was rather surprised at how the ending was resolved, as I would have done things different. But I guess this fic is more honest about canon's trends than I am. *wink* Anyway, great action sequences, all the characters being their pre-timeskip selves, suspense, sacrifice, and good ole One Piece nakama feels. :DDD

Luffy the Genius by roseveare
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: When Luffy is afflicted with a genius intellect after an adventure, the crew start to wonder if he's still the captain they know at all.
length: one-shot at 5,820 words
setting: after the 9th crewmember has joined
s2m's comments: This is a powerful and sad fic, with hints of "Flowers to Algernon". *bawls* If you want a solid read and don't mind some potential sniffles, definitely give this one a try. T.T

Red Coast, The by maldoror_gw
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: No official one, so allow me: The Brotherhood of the Red Coast are usually shipwreck salvagers, but when the Straw Hats arrive in the Brotherhood's waters, they decide to expand to pirate bounty hunting...with the expected results.
length: one-shot at 3,819 words
setting: post Alabastia story arc
s2m's comments: This fic captures the joyful innocence and exuberance that is One Piece! XD I also love reading about canon characters when told from an outsider's POV, and this fic is another lovely example of that. A lighthearted adventure!

Sanji's Most Incredible Birthday (Until the Next One) by thereisafire
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: How the Strawhats celebrate Sanji's birthday. (Contains Very Cunning Schemes, and Luffy.)
length: one-shot at 1,944 words
setting: You just need to know about the 9th crew member, no plot spoilers in this one.
s2m's comments: One Piece canon has several running gags, and by that I mean gags that span hundreds of chapters and episodes. This fic capitalizes on one of them and uses it to give us a funny fic that always makes me smile. Each of the 9 crew mates has their own little moment. (I particularly like Zoro's. :3) Happy Birthday, Sanji! XD

Seven Deaths by Xparrot
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R, implied torture
author's summary: Sanji makes a mistake, and Zoro may be his only chance of surviving the consequences.
length: complete at 14 chapters, 49,876 words
setting: post Alabastia story arc
s2m's comments: A powerful and painful fic, particularly since Sanji's mental breakdown through his ordeal is expertly and unflinchingly rendered. Yeeeeek! *shiver* I was impressed with the author's explanation for the reasoning behind Sanji's torment. Not what he did to earn it, but why the culture inflicts it upon transgressers. This fic can be read as pre-slash or straight-up friendship, whichever you prefer.

Thirteen Going on Fourteen by peroxidepest17
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Tiger Hunt by Xparrot
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: A rainy night, an unexpected threat, a desperate crew. And Zoro has never been so lost.
length: complete at 24 chapters, 62,212 words
setting: After Skypiea, before Water 7
s2m's comments: The plot bunny that sparked this fic was indeed a monster. A truly terrifying what-if! O.O Lovingly in-character, and written with love by a fan. Gird your heart, gentle readers...

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Orange is the New Black

Un coeur rempli de chagrin, les mains remplis de regret by Amand_r
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Burset ran the tips of her fingers through Poussey's hair. "Ain't got no lice treatment, so we have to shave it, girl." Poussey shrugged. It wasn't the worst thing she'd lost by now.
length: one-shot at 5,867 words
setting: before Piper enters the prison, though you need to have seen at least the first half of season 1
s2m's comments: This is a sad and beauitful fic that gives us a possible backstory to one of my favorite OitNB characters, Poussey. *sniffle* So many ways her life could have been different...

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Ouran High School Host Club

Bee to the Blossom: Mori by crazydiamond_
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Haruhi/Mori; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: This is the other version of my first and only Ouran fic, wherein Haruhi gets Mori to scratch her itch instead of Tamaki.
length: one-shot at 4,016 words
setting: Timeless, though to get the most out of it, you need to have read through vol 6 or so
s2m's comments: I read the Tamaki version of this fic years ago and lost the link. Then I happened across this Mori version, and loved it even more!! My favorite part isn't the smut, but Haruhi's imaginings of the other four guys. Ouran comedic perfection!

candy/kiss by anenko
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Haruhi/Hunny; G
author's summary: There are some grown-up things Hunny wouldn't mind trying.
length: one-shot at 581 words
setting: vaguely mid-series, no real spoilers
s2m's comments: Shortfic recs from me are rare, as normally a story just needs some length to grab me. But this little fic takes a potentially crack pairing and makes it work gloriously in less than 600 words! Short, powerful, with a believable character interpreatation of Hunny that won me over. Well-done, author! Well done. *salutes*

Top 10%!!1! Daddy's Gonna Buy You A Looking Glass by Fahye
genre; ship; rating: Drama; various combinations of Haruhi, Hikaru, Kaoru, Kyouya, and Tamaki; PG-13 off-screen incest
author's summary: It's exactly like and yet exactly unlike the old days: they are older, their edges are sharper, and they drag at one another's orbits with more and more force.
length: one-shot at 4,887 words
setting: A little during high school, but mostly after graduation. Written long before the manga ended.
s2m's comments: This fic made my jaw drop to the floor! A magnificent story of Haruhi, Hikaru, Kaoru, Kyouya, and Tamaki's changing relationships, told with skill via Kaoru's limited POV. Beautiful character studies of all five and their distinct personalites. The progression of their intimacy in this fic works so very well. WOW.

In the Circle of Elemental Arms by Kryssa's flute
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Haruhi/MOC; R
author's summary: Magic runs strong in the students of Ouran, even in one klutzy scholarship student.
length: complete at 25 chapters, 146,643 words
setting: AU with magic
s2m's comments: This fic was a joy to read! I love the addition of magic to the craziness of Ouran, and the author kept everyone beautifully IC. Her original chapters are stronger than the ones based on canon, but even the latter were still a good read. This fic has a very powerful and emotional ending, as well. I approve!

It's not always rainbows and butterflies by TaleWeaver
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Haruhi/Kyoya; PG
author's summary: Bits and pieces of Kyouya and Haruhi's life together, and why they work not in chronological order.
length: one-shot at 1,479 words
setting: varies, you need to have read through vol 15 or so. Just the anime isn't enough.
s2m's comments: Kyoya's canon romantic disinterest in Haruhi has always left me rather disappointed, so I am very glad to have found this fic! The third section in particular is brilliant. ^^

Top 10%!!1! Ouran Academy Guest Lecturers Series by peroxide_fic
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Ouran High Ghost Club by Finite Sledgehammer
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Say What You Mean, Do What You Say by Maggie Danger
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoya/Tamaki; NC-17, graphic sex and dub-con
author's summary: Kyouya and Tamaki make a very, very bad decision one night, then follow it up with more that are possibly worse.
length: complete at 7 chapters, 48,321 words
setting: Kyouya and Tamaki's senior year
s2m's comments: We are given glimpses through canon of Kyoya's potential for darkness, and this fic develops them to the utmost. It's powerful, full of pain, and beautifully written.

Wild Type, The by kaotic312
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Haruhi/Mori; G
author's summary: How did Mori get designated as the 'wild' type? Haruhi wants to know.
length: complete at 21 chapters, 49,374 words
setting: set after volume 8, more for character spoilers than plot
s2m's comments: I'm a big fan of early Ouran's hints of Haruhi/Mori. This fic expands upon them quite well! Kyoya in particular is in fine form in this fic. A very enjoyable read, full of Ouran crazy as everyone tries to play matchmaker. ^^

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Pacific Rim

shot right through with a bolt of blue by jk_rockin
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Hannibal/Newton; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: In which Newt develops kaiju tentacles, and Hannibal is surprisingly into it.
length: one-shot at 4,675 words
setting: not too long after the film ends
s2m's comments: I started to read for the crack, and stayed out of pure enjoyment. XD The author has Newt's voice down pat, and makes great use of it as we discover the new appendages alongside him. I loved every minute, and couldn't stop laughing.

living a life that I can't leave behind by jk_rockin
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Hannibal/Hermann/Newton; NC-17 graphic sex, dub-con
author's summary: Newt, Hermann, Hannibal, and life after the averted apocalypse. Also pubic tentacles.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 18,780 words
setting: a few hours after the prequel ends
s2m's comments: This more serious and plotty sequel explores the reprocussions of Newt's deal with Hannibal and Hermann's walling Newt off from the continuous mental link he now needs. Where the first fic made me laugh, this one punches all sorts of emotional buttons for me. A worthy sequel, with a change of tone that works!

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Pet Shop of Horrors

Sadie, Sadie by Telanu
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; D/Leon; R
author's summary: When Leon Orcot gets an idea in his head, there's no stopping him.
length: complete at 9 chapters, 47,682 words
setting: volume 9, between "Desperation" and "Dynasty"
s2m's comments: Ahhh, what a fabulous read! XD I loved every minute of this fic, particularly chapter 8. *eyebrow waggle* D and Leon are so very different, from appearance to manner of speech and beyond. Lovely contrast. And poor Chris' confusion about various things is adorable. Yes, I quite enjoyed this fic, and fully intend to read it again! :D

These Bonds Pulled Tight by tuesday
genre; ship; rating: Drama; D/Leon; R, dub-con
author's summary: Porn. Omigosh, porn.
s2m's more descriptive summary: Leon has tracked D down at last, only to end up in an uncomfortable position due to his own snarky nature.
length: one-shot at 1,146 words
setting: post canon for the first series
s2m's comments: This is a fix-it fic of the highest order that gave me the biggest grin--technical need for the dub-con warning aside. The author's summary is misleading, as the porn content is next to nothing. Hope you're not disappointed! Please try it anyway! :D

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Pirates of the Caribbean

African Star, The by ErinRua
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Anamaria/Jack, Elizabeth/Will; PG
author's summary: An unscrupulous slave ship captain, a royal gem, and a perilous hunt that will span sea and storm as Jack and Will embark on adventure once more.
length: complete at 32 chapters, 108,701 words
setting: after movie 1
s2m's comments: I like this fanfic more than the two actual movie sequels. ^^;; Jack Sparrow is so perfectly in character it's breathtaking. Fun, fast-paced, easy to follow, and very exciting. As delightful as the film! The first chapter alone is worth a rec. Heeeeeee.

Bitterly Ever After by The Dork of York
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; FOC/Norrington; R
author's summary: Stella Bell was a witch and a bastard, striving for gentility on Tortuga. James Norrington was an angry drunkard desirous of revenge. Both were bitter as bile, and certainly didn't expect to be friends. Funny ol' world, innit?
length: complete at 47 chapters, 303,209 words
setting: between the first and second films, AU of second and third, ignoring the fourth
s2m's comments: Here is a beautifully written adventure story with delightful characterizations, both of canon characters and original! Don't let the FOC turn you away, for she MAKES this fic! We're also given some interesting headcanon for Becket's animosity towards Sparrow, and Sparrow's obsession with other men's possible status as eunuchs. *snickers* But this is a story revolving around Norrington and the OC Stella, and a very enjoyable fix-it fic for Norrington's death and the first two movies in general. This author is talented and definitely worth a read. C:

Eye of the Storm by Edoraslass
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: [never written!]
s2m's more descriptive summary: A Tortuga barmaid sadly watches the slow deterioration of Norrington as he visits her family's pub almost every night.
length: one-shot at 4,255 words
setting: right before movie 2
s2m's comments: The most rare of fic creatures: a well-written first-person POV OC fic! The author did a great job capturing the voice of a low-class girl without her being annoying or perfect. The fic has amazing detail in bit parts and side characters, everyone named has a personality. The OC is very likable and endearing, and I can't help but feel pity for poor Norrington. Definitely worth a read!

Top 10%!!1! Negotiations by Marnie
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Jack/Norrington; PG-13
author's summary: Making enough space in the world to contain both Commodore Norrington and Captain Jack Sparrow is going to take some tricky negotiations.
length: complete at 7 chapters, 19,793 words
setting: after movie 1
s2m's comments: If my anguished cry of "That's it?!??! NOOOOO!" was any gauge, then this fic is rather good. I wish I could wave my magic wand and turn it into an epic, but alas. We must be content with 20,000 words. *frustrated noise* This one is full of hidden gems and magnificent one-liners. I'm officially a Jack/Norrington shipper now. Most definitely!

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Pocahontas (Disney)

Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Pride and Prejudice

Charles Bingley by sixbeforelunch
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Jane/Charles; PG-13
author's summary: Or, A History of the Brief Employment of a Young Man and the Consequences Thereof
s2m's more descriptive summary: Bingley goes undercover as a servant in Longbourn to help out a friend, with some resulting kerfluffle. And then he meets his new mistress, Jane. Oh dear!
length: complete at 20 chapters, 69,353 words
setting: goes AU before the novel begins
s2m's comments: Ahhh, a delightful tale of disguise, serendipity, and playful twists to canon! Written in Ms. Austen's tone, but without overdoing it. ^^ While I do find Bingley's ability to pass as a commoner rather far-fetched (aren't accents just as important as clothes in England??? Particularly historcial England??) I was willing to suspent my disbelief for the story. A very engrossing read. C:

Happenstance by Abby B
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Elizabeth/Darcy; R
author's summary, and it's a mouthful: Elizabeth Bennet believed the world had genuinely gone mad. As she frantically paced the grounds immediately surrounding Longbourn, she realized that all the judiciousness that she thought existed in her universe seemed to have vanished, and the result was pandemonium. Suddenly, she recognized that her previous ordered existence--truly little more than merely a facade--had all began to go horribly wrong three days ago, yet, to Elizabeth, the recklessness that had resulted felt as if it had been ever-present.
length: complete at 26 chapters, 186,956 words
setting: after the Netherfield Ball
s2m's comments: Mr Darcy! Such scandalous behavior!! *gasp* Witnessing the fallout of his and Elizabeth's social faux pas and eventual understanding in this fic is really something. The first section of is written in Jane Austen's style to a fault. Be sure to read through to the second page, where the author finds the balance between modern English and Regency English. The fic does address the other two important relationships in the book, it isn't just a Darcy/Elizabeth story. BTW, I hope you like pink. ^^

Hit, A Very Palpable Hit, A by Shemmelle
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kitty/OMC, Elizabeth/Darcy, Jane/Bingley; PG
author's summary: Kitty is invited to stay with her aunt, the widowed sister of Mr. Bennet. She quickly shows signs of improvement...and of attracting some very eligible young men.
length: complete at 45 chapters, 150,161 words
setting: goes AU after the first meeting of the Bennet sisters and Darcy and Bingley
s2m's comments: Take one overlooked Bennet sister, add an aunt without even a name in canon, a dash of delightful OCs and a sprinkling of canon side characters, and you're presented with this fic! I thoroughly enjoyed Kitty's society adventures and growing maturity under her Aunt Clara's practical tutilage. Kitty is given her chance to shine and find her own love match in this fantastic epic! Just keep an eye out for missing and stray commas with this one. *wink* Otherwise, it's a gem!

Love and Other Accidents by paperclipz
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Elizabeth/Darcy; PG-13
author's summary: modern P and P. Darcy and Bingley are musicians trying to find material for their new album in a rural college town...where they meet the Bennet twins who are surviving college together. Lizzy's a photographer, and Jane's a med student.
length: complete at 19 chapters, 208,718 words
setting: real world AU
s2m's comments: It's better than the summary sounds, really! The AU versions of the classic characters are fun and engaging. The modern setting is made to work with the story, rather than exist despite it. I suggest stopping once the fic reaches the book's ending.

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Princess Bride, The

Princess Bride Job, The by themonkeytwin
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Princess Tutu

Aimless Words by Stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ahiru/Fakir; G
author's summary: An ordinary enough morning, opening into the leading edge of a new story.
length: one-shot at 1,195 words
setting: after the ending
s2m's comments: This fic is bittersweet and so very, very powerful. If you enjoyed the series, be sure to read this one.

Die ente magd by [orphan account]
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: There is always a heroine and a villainess, and the villainess always gets her just rewards.
length: one-shot at 4,500 words
setting: after canon
s2m's comments: This fic is different in style from what you usually find. Beautifully written, and a perfect reflection of canon. Tutu fic has often surprised me with its quality, and here's another one. C:

Top 10%!!1! Etude: Composition by Becca (ryfkah)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Ahiru/Fakir; G
author's summary: Why does it always have to be fairy tales?
length: one-shot at 5,007 words
setting: after the ending
s2m's comments: Most Ahiru/Fakir post-canon fic involves Fakir's writing quest to turn her human again. What makes this fic stand out is that it's a comedy! Why DOES Fakir have to write a fairy tale, anyway? The fallout from his attempts make this fic particularly funny, complete with crop-circles, amnesia with convenient timing, and draft notices.

Frame Story by jibrailis
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ahiru/Fakir; G
author's summary: Becoming a girl was easy. Staying a girl, ah! Now that was the hard part.
length: one-shot at 9,718 words
setting: after the ending
s2m's comments: This sweet story contains another story within it: the fairy tale Fakir pens to keep Ahiru human. Both stories are interesting and full of charm. ^^

Swan White and Raven Red by emei
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ahiru/Rue; G
author's summary: Rue gets a pair of red shoes. The tale repeats itself, unravels.
length: one-shot at 2,008 words
setting: early in the anime, but contains spoilers for the entire show
s2m's comments: This fic is filled with lovely imagery and word flow. I particularly enjoy how the author writes as the narrator from canon, then as we're used to reading a prose story, then a little as Drosselmeyer. The parallel isn't overdone and works very well. Particularly at the end!

Turn the Clock Upside Down by jibrailis
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Ahiru/Fakir; G
author's summary: The work of art in the age of mechanical reproduction.
s2m's more descriptive summary: Ahiru goes steampunk.
length: one-shot at 2,258 words
setting: near the end of the series
s2m's comments: Normally I'm not big on fluffy fics with even fluffier endings, but this one grabbed me. The ending made the fic for me. I had the biggest grin on my face! Read this one if you need some cheer. :D

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Puella Magi Madoka Magica

Top 10%!!1! Four Ohtori Students Kyubey Never Made a Contract With and One He Nearly Did by veleda_k
read its full listing in the crossover section

Top 10%!!1! Persephone's Waltz by ErinPtah
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; Madoka/Sayaka, Homura/Madoka; R
author's summary: The more times she fails to save Madoka, the more desperate Homura gets...until kidnapping her and locking her in a basement until Walpurgisnacht is over stops sounding like such a crazy idea
length: complete at 20 chapters, 70,614 words
setting: AU from before canon begins
s2m's comments: Two things impressed me most about this fic: first, the sheer scale. The author has completely captured Homura's desperation to save Madoka, and they portrayed the growing madness and breadth of Homura's ordeal in a way that left me breathless. And second, the subject matter. This fic is very dark, and difficult to read, but the writing refused to let me backbutton. Madoka's ordeal is painful to watch, Sayaka's stubborness is amazing, and overall I was simply blown away. A fandom classic for a reason!

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Quantum Leap

Never Fair by grey_sw (grey)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Al/Sam, OMC/Sam; R
author's summary: Sam Beckett's job is never fair.
length: one-shot at 5,001 words
setting: sometime after Sam and Al leap together
s2m's comments: This touching fic brought back all the emotions I had as a baby teenager, tuning in every week for the new episode of Quantum Leap. T.T I didn't know slash existed back then, but this fic makes me wish I did! Poignant and bittersweet. Poor Sam. Poor Al. But there's a little hope in this fic, too! And Al's brightly-colored suits. :3 Note this fic is locked to AO3 members only.

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Ranma 1/2

Hearts of Ice by Krista Perry
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Akane/Ranma; R
author's summary: Shampoo casts a spell with dragon blood and sends Akane to the realm of gods and demons. Ranma decides to get her back, and nothing - not even insanity or death - will stop him.
length: complete at 26 chapters, 288,163 words
setting: begins later in the series
s2m's comments: This epic-length Ranma/Akane story is definitely engrossing! Nabiki completely steals the show. I admire what the author did with Ryouga's characterization, in particular. However, the author does become rather fond of long descriptive paragraphs, and I found myself skimming the final third of the story, looking for plot. Still, it's definitely good!fic. ^^ Her Ranma can get slightly maudlin, but I felt it worked within the story.

Ranma's Husband? by roses-are-a-weed
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; OMC/Ranma, Akane/Mousse; PG-13
author's summary: Life in Nerima only ever gets more chaotic...will this be Ranma’s breaking point? In which everyone in Ranma’s life proves just how inexplicably stupid they can be...sort of. Other stuff also happens.
length: complete at 36 chapters, 173,294 words
setting: after Nodoka enters canon
s2m's comments: I devoured this fic in 24 hours. :D The writing is very rough at the beginning, but it does--slowly--improve. This is another instance of a story's intrigue outweighing the technical problems. This one has some unusual plot wrinkles (Kasumi has a libido OMG), very likable OCs, and made me consider certain aspects of canon from a different angle. I feel I should point out the author's admitted dislike of Ryouga and particularly of Shampoo results in some serious character bashing. The author also believes in long author's notes; I ended up skipping them after a few chapters because they could be rather spoilery. Regardless, this fic is an engrossing read! It does leave lots of loose ends, but I still think it's well worth it.

Thy Inward Love by Richard Lawson
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama, Romance; Akane/Ranma, side ships of Nodoka/Genma, Nabiki/Kunou Tatewaki, Kasumi/Tofu-sensei, Akari/Ryouga; PG
author's summary: Life in the Tendo home from Kasumi's perspective, and Nabiki re-evaluates her life, and looks outside the family for guidance, and Ranma seems to be losing his edge, and looks to his father for help, and still more!
length: complete at 12 chapters, 80,941 words
setting: some time after the end of the anime, but the teens are still in high school
s2m's comments: Here is a touching emotional drama with a dose of adventure. The fic manages to resolve all of Ranma and Akane's main suitors, in variety of satisfying ways. The author even resolves Genma and Nodoka! I was very satisfied with the character growth in this fic. Everyone matures beautifully, and it's done so well. ^^V Note that each chapter for the fic is linked on an index page for several of the author's stories. Find the title in the list and click on the first chapter. C:

What the Cat Dragged In by stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Ranma/Ryouga; PG
author's summary: Ranma doesn't like cats. Cats like Ryoga. And Ryoga likes...
length: one-shot at 2,331 words
setting: all you need to know is Neko-ken (Cat-Fu) and Ryouga
s2m's comments: My first yaoi couple, when I was a wee fan! *swoon* This fic is delightful, and could be part of canon--if only Takahashi-sensei would go there for reals. Ah well! Thankfully we have wonderful fic like this to give me and my fellow BL fans their fix! *laughs*

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RPF fic

Fandom: Project Runway
Loki Runway by Xparrot
read its full listing in the crossover section

Fandom: Supernatural
Come Play With Me by lexzilla
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Jared/Jensen; R
author's summary, shortened by s2m: Film geek Jared Padalecki has gone from excitable fanboy to hot new cult film director in just five years. Now he has the budget, the studio and the stars. All he needs to do is convince forgotten B-movie actor Jensen Ackles to play the leading man in more than just his new movie and then it really will be 'happily ever after'. Of course, in life, just like in the movies, true love never runs smoothly...
length: complete at 6 chapters, 24,700 words
setting: regular modern USA, no series spoilers
s2m's comments: This fic is charming and enjoyable! It's fun to see Jared grow into a Tarantino-like prodigy, and of course sweet Jensen is always a bonus. The fic's pace is a smidge faster than I would have preferred, but it's still a good read! I'm also a sucker for fiction about the film business, so there's that, too. :3 The link above is to the fic's index page. The chapter links are just above the comments section.

Fandom: Supernatural
Common Knowledge by elucreh
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Jared/Jensen; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Jared, your fangirls. Fangirls, I believe you already know Jared. Better than he knows himself.
length: complete at 9 chapters, 14,533 words
setting: around season 6, no real canon spoilers
s2m's comments: My first J2 fic that isn't an AU! This one is cute, very amusing--and very meta. A welcome break from all the angst I associate with this pairing. C: Tumblr-only fans might be confused at some of the terminology and references, but you should be able to puzzle things out. ^^V

Fandom: Supernatural
Doors of Time, The by felisblanco
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; Jensen/Jared; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary, shortened by s2m: It’s not like he doesn’t try to fit in and make friends, he really does. If he smiles they blink. If he speaks they stare. And whenever they see him coming they get this panicked look in their eyes like they want to run away and they don’t even know why. Jensen knows why. It’s what makes him ‘weird’.
length: stalled WIP at 14 fics, 91,145 words
setting: real world with a touch of magic
s2m's comments: I have finally read RPF, and it was good enough, I had to rec it. ^^ Though to be honest, the only RPF aspects about this fic are the actor's names and appearances. Everything else might as well be an original story. That's how I read it, I just had a convenient reference for the two lead's appearances. This is a well-told and painful tale about what can happen when a child has magic power in the modern world, and how it can truly mess up his life. Until he is saved by friendship and love, of course!

Fandom: Supernatural
If I recall correctly, you mentioned a Conflict of Interests by strippedpink
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Jared/Jensen; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: The first rule of gaming is, you never fall for the competition.
length: complete at 5 parts, 38,988 words
setting: non-magic AU focused around the game design world
s2m's comments: What I liked best about this fic was the very interesting peek into the politics and method of designing video games, and how the fic used actual Supernatural canon as part of said game. Fantastic idea! The romance itself walks the predictable path, though the actual sex payoff is at the very end, and seemed rather flat to me. (But maybe I'm jaded!) Read this one for the gaming stuff! And the lovely descriptions of our two men. :3

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Redshirts (by John Scalzi)

Five Times Maia Duvall Was Actually Glad To Have Been On The Away Mission by amalnahurriyeh
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Maia/Anatoly; PG-13
author's summary: Because sometimes it's funny, and sometimes it's beautiful, and sometimes it's not.
length: one-shot at 2,743 wordss
setting: after the book
s2m's comments: This series of five vignettes is completely enjoyable and definitely could be canon. Duvall's practical nature when dealing with Kerensky, her easy friendship with Hester, and of course she's such awesome space bros with Dahl. A satisfying fic! Not to mention the not-ironic use of sex pollen. XD Redshirts: one of the few fandoms where THAT particular trope could definitely be from canon!

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Reborn

To Be His Hands by stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Gokudera/Tsuna; R
author's summary: When Tsuna injures his hands Gokuedera is set on doing everything for him, but maybe Gokudera takes his devotion a little too far.
length: abandoned WIP at two chapters and 7,373 words
setting: Doesn't really matter, as long as you know who Gokudera is!
s2m's comments: I always admire an author who goes the extra step and writes a fic that is more than random hawtness and sexytiems. Stariceling does an excellent job of that here, taking a ridiculous situation and turning it into a powerful story that still has the feel of canon. *salutes*

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Rise of the Guardians

Center Cannot Hold... But It Can Change, The by eirenical (chibi1723)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Jack was the one to eventually break the silence. He said softly, "I see it. What you're saying. My center… it's the same. We both laughed just now, right? But did you laugh because the children were having fun playing in the water... or because it was funny as hell when the girl pushed the boy in?"
length: one-shot at 3,649 words
setting: during the ending of the film, and after
s2m's comments: A satisfying fix-it fic! Pitch's pain is tangible in the different POV of the film's ending. Jack's solution to Pitch's resulting isolation is darkly delightful. This is a big story in a little fic!

From the Darkness We Rise by not_poignant
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; Jack/Pitch; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Twenty two years have passed since the defeat of Pitch, and Jack lives alone, touch-starved, with only the company of a solitary Nightmare. One evening the Man in the Moon sets him on a path that will lead him to unexpected relationships, draw the attention of the Guardians to a new coalition of villains, and challenge Jack's every notion of what it is to be good, evil, and what it is to live in the shadows.
length: complete 21 chapters, 157,465 words
setting: 22 years after the end of the film, as noted in the summary
s2m's comments: Here's an emotional roller-coaster for you! I don't know how many times this fic stomped all over my heart. In a good way!! This author has created one hell of a post-canon story, slowly building a relationship between Jack and Pitch, and giving us backstory for both. (And on a squeeful note, may I just say I LOVE the idea of space-elf!Pitch!?!? *dies) This fic can be dark, and is not an easy read, but worth it. ^^ Note it has a sequel I have yet to start reading. But I will!

Mistaken Relations by Anne Camp aka Obi-quiet
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Rock of Ages

No One Like You by Elmm
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Constance/Stacee; PG
author's summary: "With one look he made her feel more like a woman than she'd ever felt in her life." Based on the 2012 movie Rock of Ages. Stacee comes back for Constance.
length: one-shot at 1,839 words
setting: near the very end of the film
s2m's comments: This is a lovely little fic! I normally lose patience quickly with canon-retells from a different POV, but the author kept my interest all the way through. This fic has great insight into Constance's character, and even made that silly kiss at the concert seem romantic. XD

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Rurouni Kenshin

Blades of Blood by Vathara
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: In a world where monsters roam city streets, a mild-mannered New Yorker has just picked up a blade called Battousai... Modern AU, based off the NightLife RPG.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 54,403 words
setting: modern New York AU, roughly based on Kenshin's first story arc
s2m's comments: Vathara does it again! The very cool thing about this fic is how Battousai is a separate entity from Kenshin. He is a presence inside the sword who works with or outright possesses the sword's weilder. Very interesting take on Kenshin's dual personality! Also Kaoru is lovely in this fic, in the way shounen manga just can't let women be. Apparently the fic is a crossover, but I don't know the other fandom, and the fic read just fine to me. Good stuff! :9

Witchy Woman by Vathara
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; pre-Kaoru/Kenshin; PG-13
author's summary: Sword spirit, Crowley, and a Witch on the run. Never go gambling with Sano.
length: complete 13 chapters, 127,576 words
setting: Begins immediately after its prequel
s2m's comments: The adventure continues! Things turn quite interesting as Vathara does her fascinating AU take on Megumi and Aoshi's storylines. There are some delightful pre-romance moments between Kaoru and Kenshin--and Battousai! Let's be honest--it's gonna be a threeway! :3 I hope she gives us a third installment in this universe one day.

Frozen Moonlight by JaneDrew
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; Kaoru/Kenshin, Megumi/Sano, Misao/Aoshi; R
author's summary: In high school, Kaoru Kamiya escaped from a demon. Five years later, she meets a man who looks awfully familiar...
length: abandoned WIP at 37 chapters, 237,388 words
setting: modern world AU with hidden supernatural aspect
s2m's comments: Kaoru is the character who shines in this fic! She's very much herself, only with the addition of being a modern, intelligent woman who can take care of herself just fine! Even against killer sword-weilding demons. ^^ To be fair, Kenshin is completley OOC, but the rest of the fic is so engaging and fun--and filled with really hot makeouts--that I don't mind it at all. *giggle* And Saito does his best to steal the show! The word count is inflated by about 30k due to long repetetive author's notes and particularly review responses at the end of the first two-thirds of the chapters.

Top 10%!!1! Shadows in Starlight by Vathara
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Terms of Engagement by Tamlin
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; FOC/Saitou PG-13
author's summary: Tokio and Saitou are two of a kind. Too bad they don't know about it.
length: complete at 12 chapters, 43,306 words
setting: just before the Meiji Revolution, so 10 years before the series starts
s2m's comments: All we know of Saitou's wife in canon is that she exists. This fic gives us a romance-novel-style tale of how they met and the shenanigans their romance endured. If you enjoy Nora Roberts, this one's for you! A very fun fic. ^^V

Top 10%!!1! NEW!!!1! Vaster Than Empires by Ayezur
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kaoru/Kenshin; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: The Western Army is defeated; the country uneasy under the hand of Tokugawa. Kaoru, whose family was on the losing side, has been sold into marriage for the sake of peace. Her new husband is a legend, a demon bound in human form, marked by his bloodlust and his bright red hair...
length: complete at 17 chapters, 163,848 words
setting: Kaoru is in her late teens
s2m's comments: Here is a beautifully written fic that truly drives home the grave situation women were so often in during historic times. With no allowed or expected existence outside her home and husband, Kaoru adapts to her role as wife while doing what she can to protect her two little sisters and her family's honor. The mostly happy ending was very satisfying, with Kenshin finding what he wanted most--a loving family and people to care for--and Kaoru becoming the clan leader and de facto head of house as she had been taught by her samurai father. A very good read! On a lighter note, this fic is written with no honorifics at all, not even the now common "sensei". Entirely in English, from the "honored husband"s to the "Lord Tokugawa"s. So odd!

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Samurai Champloo

As Lovers Go by Arabesque05
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Fuu/Jin; PG-13
author's summary: There is no perfect love story. But he tells her, whimsical and smiling, they would have what happily ever after there exists because this is easy as lovers go. Or something like that.
length: one-shot at 8,254 words
setting: begins right before the end of the anime
s2m's comments: This fic is written in an unusual style, almost stream-of-conscious, that makes a sweet story truly powerful. Rather than reading about the development of Fuu and Jin's relationship over time, we can experience it first-hand. Shortfic at its best, I must say. ^^

Barbless Hook, The by lynnmonster
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Jin/Mugen; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: [doesn't exist]
s2m's more descriptive summary: Jin feels aimless and disillusioned after the trio parts. After all, he's had something, and now he has time to feel its lack.
length: one-shot at 7,928 words
setting: after the anime
s2m's comments: I was surprised how quickly this fic has Jin and Mugen taking their friendship to the next level, but I think it works. I'm entranced by the thought of Jin's appearance by the end of the fic! Makes me want to draw some fanart. X3 A short, satisfying read!

Laura Bryannan's Samurai Champloo AU by Laura Bryannan
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Fuu/Jin/Mugen; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary doesn't exist for the entire epic, so here's my take: Mugen, Jin, and Fuu are all drawn to each other from almost the moment they met, and in more ways than simple companionship. How can it possibly work out?
length: complete at 41 individual fics, 163,620 words
setting: retelling of the entire series and far beyond the anime's ending
s2m's comments: This fic is a very satisfying read, particularly since it adheres to the romance of the threesome holding together despite all their problems, both outside and within. The author writes most of it in first-person, alternating between the three characters. She delightfully adapts her style to fit the personalities of each narrator, and I am impressed by her skills! The occasional third-person chapter is a shock and not nearly as well-written, but stick it out. Overall, the fic is very enjoyable and satisfying.

Top 10%!!1! Nenju by 3Jane
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Fuu/Jin/Mugen; NC-17, graphic violence and graphic sex
author's summary: Where do happiness and ever after intersect? FuuMugenJin.
length: complete at 36 chapters, 144,514 words
setting: two years after the anime ends
s2m's comments: This emotional fic brought me to tears twice, and that is a very rare thing! *sniffle* Excellent characterization and use of researched history. This fic includes characters taken from the entire anime, so I suggest you either rewatch or find a good list of side characters to avoid being confused. The version I linked above has some formatting problems early on. If that bothers you, try the mirror on AFF.net, in which all italics and some sentences have been stripped. D=

Temptation Kunishige by Angrybee
genre; ship; rating: Drama; sort of Fuu/Jin; PG-13
author's summary: One hot night, Jin and Mugen catch a glimpse of something not meant for their eyes. Jin tries to cope with almost certain temptation while reflecting on their journey. Mild nudity. Adult references.
length: one-shot at 2,344 words
setting: after ep 12
s2m's comments: A beautiful fic with delightful use of symbolism and imagery. More than the literary angle, though, it gives us a fascinating look into Jin and how he feels about Fuu and Mugen both. Lovely!

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Sarai-ya Goyou (House of Five Leaves)

Top 10%!!1! Tonbo-giri by Croik
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Masa/Yaichi pre-slash; PG
author's summary: After meeting with Monji in the woods, Yaichi comes back to Katsura-ya and hopes to be left alone. He's used to not getting what he wants.
length: one-shot at 3,666 words
setting: about half-way through the series
s2m's comments: Part of the reason I love this manga and anime so much is the changing relationship between Masa and Yaichi, and this fic showcases that change beautifully. Masa has a chance to show his skills, poor Yaichi is stressed out from his past's reappearance and has no idea how to handle it, and Masa shines through as his quiet self. Beautiful and painful and OHHHH!

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Scooby Doo

Road This Far Can't be Retraced, The by silverpenlight
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; side Daphne/Velma; PG-13
author's summary, shortened by s2m: 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.
length: one-shot at 3,434 words
setting: horror AU, inspired by the Threadless T-shirt shown at the top of the fic's page
s2m's comments: I can't help but marvel at how much more appealing this fic is over canon. Dark and glorious!

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Sen to Chirhiro no Kamikakushi (Spirited Away)

By the World Forgot by Erin_C
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: "Have you always run the boiler room, Kamaji-san?"
length: one-shot at 2,984 words
setting: during and before the film
s2m's comments: All the supporting characters in Spirited Away have unexplained backstories, and this fic weaves an intriguing take of Kamaji's.

Natural Selection by murinae and aishuu
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Chihiro/Haku; PG-13
author's summary: After marrying Chihiro, it's Haku's turn to explore a new world. Haku must navigate human life as he struggles to find his place as a god in a faithless, electronic age.
length: complete at 8 chapters, 31,400 words
setting: a few years after the film ends
s2m's comments: Most fanfic is centered around romance of some sort, but this story is about personal growth and changing relationships between people. Haku's need to find a purpose to his life is compelling, and his answer very satisfying.

Promises Made by antediluvian
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Chihiro/Haku; G
author's summary: Chihiro tasted the rain cool and sweet on her lips, and remembered, fleetingly, what clouds had tasted like as she flew through them.
length: one-shot at 5,087 words
setting: a few years after the film
s2m's comments: This fic pleased me so much, I actually applauded! A lovely reunion between Chihiro and Haku. C:

Strange Adventure, A by shiplizard
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: A secretary learns courage by couraging. And also by having one hell of an example to look up to.
length: one-shot at 6,143 words
setting: many years after the film
s2m's comments: I love the premise of this fic, and how the author tells it to us through the eyes of an outsider. ^^ Much as I enjoy Sen/Haku, it's good to take a break on occasion!

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Sense and Sensibility

Christopher and Elinor by Mercy
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Elinor/Colonel Brandon, Marianne/Willoughby; G
author's summary: An epistolary re-telling of Sense and Sensibility where the friendship between Elinor Dashwood and Colonel Brandon develops into a romance.
length: complete at 3 parts, 54,096 words
setting: AU of the book pretty much from the beginning
s2m's comments: I didn't know how much I shipped it until I read the description of this fic. XD An intriguing take on canon, as the author spins a believable romance between Elinor and the Colonel. The epistolary style took me some time to adjust to, and I did miss the first-hand experience of a regular narrative fic. But I accepted and even enjoyed the limitations of an entirely epistolary story. ^^ Take note, characters address their letters' recipients according to canon, and the fic makes full use of the entire S&S cast. There are a LOT of names to keep straight! (It doesn't help that there are three different "John"s in this fic. I suggest a character review and relationship chart. There's a nice one on Wiki. ^^) A satisfying fic that sheds new light on our favorite characters. And if you see a second vertical yellow bar on the far right, make your browser window narrower to remove it.
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Sherlock (BBC)

Top 10%!!1! Asteroidea by etothepii
genrel; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: In the pocket of his trousers, next to his phone, Mycroft carries the standard-issue steel capsule meant for protecting arthropod daemons. When people ask about it, he smiles and tells them she's not fond of the light, or of people other than himself. This is a lie.
length: one-shot at 1,773 words
setting: daemon AU, begins before Sherlock canon
s2m's comments: It's not every day that a fic knocks me off my feet, but this one managed it. Spledidly! O.o

Highly Intelligent, Observant, and Destructive When Bored by etothepii
genre; ship; rating: Drama, John/Sherlock; PG-13
author's summary: "I wonder what his daemon is," Kaliope says, when they're in bed waiting to fall asleep. Her fur tickles John's bare shoulder, but not enough to make it itch. His arm doesn't ache anymore, thanks to the painkillers. "Do you think she doesn't like us?"
length: one-shot at 5,082 words
setting: daemon AU, in Sherlocks' first season
s2m's comments: A strong second installment! Why hello there, John. :D

Feels Like Drowning by etothepii
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; John/Mycroft, John/Sherlock; NC-17, graphic sex and incest, sort of...
author's summary: Mycroft must approve of John's new position in Sherlock's life, because the next day he receives a text message from the man that doesn't seem to be addressed to or about Sherlock.
length: one-shot at 9,610 words
setting: daemon AU, Sherlock in first season
s2m's comments: And a satisfying and swoon-worthy finale! X3

Behavioural Modification by bendingsignpost
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; John/Sherlock; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Whatever it took, he was going to make this work.
s2m's more descriptive summary: Sherlock doesn't care about sex, but he loves being touched and held, and he loves John.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 23,726 words
setting: somewhere in the 2nd season, pre-finale
s2m's comments: Exquisitely painful, this fic held me captive throughout. Sherlock's limited point of view--both literal and figurative--render this fic into a dark glory. Poor Sherlock just has no idea what a healthy relationship is like, but thankfully John--and Molly--are willing to help.

Case of the Unwelcome Owl, The by FayJay
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Dirty Little Secret by velvet-mace
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; John/Mycroft; PG
author's summary: John discovers that he's been married to Mycroft for several months.
length: one-shot at 3,823 words
setting: after the 2nd season
s2m's comments: A delightful little fic that spins a secret marriage believable! The dialogue is what makes this fic for me. Definitely. Also the kiss scene is rather hot. Rowr!

Cost of a Wish, The by slashscribe
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Put a Smile in Your Name by kingaofthewoods
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Molly/Mycroft, side John/Sherlock; PG
author's summary, shortened: Molly Hooper adores the name on her life line even before she can read it. She’s immensely proud to carry it on her skin, and she shows it with a smile to all of her friends in kindergarten. “My-croft?” one of the girls struggles to decipher it. “What kind of a name is that?”
length: one-shot at 9,930 words
setting: begins before canon, slight AU of 1st and 2nd seasons
s2m's comments: Ahh, a painful fic with a happy ending! It's both amusing and frustrating to see Mycroft's assumed omiscience trip him up so badly. I like how the author tweaked canon just a smidge to allow for soulmates. Nicely done!

Top 10%!!1! Republic of Heaven Series, The by Blind_Author
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Secret Identity of John Watson, The by scificrl47
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; OFC/Watson; PG-13
author's summary: Taken out of context, John Watson leads a terrifying life. You have to wonder what those poor women he dates thinks of it, especially if John decides to try keeping one away from Sherlock, and Sherlock decides that it'd be best if he could get rid of her.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 29,251 words
setting: vaguely second season, before the final ep
s2m's comments: I was in stitches all the way through this fic. A very fun read! It's hilarious to see an outsider's take on Sherlock's creeper tendencies, and poor John just trying to be normal. The fic is told from a FOC's point of view, and very well done! Her friends really add to the story, too. Haha!

sensation of falling as you just hit sleep, the (The Good Morrow Series) by greywash
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; John/Sherlock; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Love is a much more vicious motivator.
length: complete at 24 chapters, 83,290 words
setting: towards the end of the last ep in season 2
s2m's comments: A painfully good fic, filled with emotion and frustration and sometimes I just want to punch Sherlock, even though I know it won't do any good. >< Completely engrossing and worth a read! If you haven't read it already, as this story is quite famous. It also takes an intriguing track for Sherlock's lack of interest in relationships, and John manages to hold his own. The author's style can be confusing at times, but it begins to make sense a few chapters in.

Three Midnights by kedgeree
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Lestrade/Mycroft; R
author's summary: Prince Sherlock must marry, and his brother is determined to find him the perfect partner before the three nights of the Winter Ball have passed. In Gregory Lestrade, Mycroft thinks he has found Sherlock that perfect partner: a man who is kind, brave, intelligent, and even attractive. Very attractive. Very, very attractive.
length: complete at 8 chapters, 36,130 words
setting: a Cinderella fairy tale AU
s2m's comments: Normally I have no interest in fairy tale AU fics without any original plot--they're predictable and boring. But with THIS fic, the idea that Mycroft picks Lestrade for Sherlock and falls for him instead lured me to give it a try. Instead of a blah retread of the old tale, I found surprising twists, not to mention lovely imagery and amazing costume porn. Such decadent costumes! *swoon* We wants it, precioussssss.

Very Sherlock Musical, A by flawedamythyst
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; John/Sherlock; R
author's summary: So, you know how musicals are set in a world where people just burst into song every five minutes, and everyone around them automatically knows to join in with the tune and choreography? This fic is set in that world. John finds it extremely frustrating that Sherlock won't sing their theme song with him.
length: one-shot at 11,980 words
setting: musical AU from the start, ignores season 3
s2m's comments: OMG. What a brilliant idea! XD I love how the author works the fact of musicals and background music into the real world, using it expertly to show us the relationship between John and Sherlock. Great fic! XD

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Sherlock Holmes

Elementary, My Dear ObiWan by Frostfyre7
read its full listing in the crossover section

Top 10%!!1! Study in Emerald, A by Neil Gaiman (yes, really)
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: I couldn't find an official one, so: A wounded veteran discovers a friend in his new roommate, and is glad to assist when the friend is given a tricky task by the Queen.
length: one-shot at around 7,000 words
setting: bookverse AU
s2m's comments: I love it when a fic knocks me off-balance, and Mr. Gaiman achieved that in spades. Awesome! Definitely deserving of its Hugo win! XD The next time someone bashes fanfiction as pointless and a waste of time, I'm going to shove this fic under their nose. HA!

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Shingeki no Kyoujin (Attack on Titan)

Jäger Royale by Variabile
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Eren/Jean; R
author's summary, shortened: Jean accidentally sends half-naked selfies to an unlisted number in his contact list and it's all downhill from there and by downhill I mean that this is an university!AU entirely told through misspelled texts. You have been warned.
length: complete at 8 chapters, 22,919 words
setting: real world college AU
s2m's comments: This fic definitely qualifies as guilty pleasure. All it has in common with canon are the characters' names and appearances, but the fic is so much fun, I don't care! :D Written almost entirely through text messages, it's an experience. (I read it twice...) I particularly enjoy the emotional H/C bits. *happy sigh*

supernova by odoridango
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Eren, Mikasa and Armin endure landfill life, the three of them squeezing into whatever spaces they can fit.
length: one-shot at 1,568 words
setting: after the first attack, before training begins
s2m's comments: This is a hauntingly beautiful character study and missing scene. The trio's desperate lives as refugees while they await being old enough to join the military is portrayed with short, powerful scenes that punch you in the gut. Their determination to stay together and live is what completely makes the fic for me. *sniffles*

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Shoujo Kakumei Utena (Revolutionary Girl Utena)

Top 10%!!1! Four Ohtori Students Kyubey Never Made a Contract With and One He Nearly Did by veleda_k
read its full listing in the crossover section

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Singin' in the Rain

And Write That Symphony by cimorene
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Cosmo/Don/Kathy; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Kathy tweaked his nose and skipped ahead of him. "You know, Cosmo, Don and I may love you for your brains--" "Excuse me! I resent that remark! You love me for my unerring sense of comic timing." "--But not everyone is so forgiving."
length: one-shot at 22,849 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: *happy sigh* This fic has the gentlest, warmest, kindness transition from couple-plus-friend to threesome that I have ever read. It feels like I'm wrapped in a warm blanket, cuddling with my purring cat. :3 So sweet! So beautiful! If you need a comforting read, this one is for you. (The timeline jumps can be a bit confusing. Otherwise: perfection!)

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Skip Beat!

Always With You by leavesfallingup
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Kyoko is asked to do a commercial drama along with Tsuruga Ren. As their popularity increases so does the chance that their secrets will be revealed.
length: complete at 32 chapters, 61,424 words
setting: best to have read through volume 24
s2m's comments: A gripping fic! This one's use of Kyoko's amazing ability to become her characters grabbed me. Also the addition of an unusual rival for her affections. This fic does have some grammar, canon, and cultural errors, but the story and characterization kept me reading.

Runaway Royalty by leavesfallingup
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kanae/Hio; PG
author's summary: Kotonami Kanae is offered her big break, debuting as the leading lady in a new movie. But then she meets her costar: Uesugi Hiou, the boy who has a crush on her and who loved to boss her around. How will she cope with three months in Australia with Hiou?
length: complete at 33 chapters, 74,583 words
setting: parallel with Always With You above, but it's best to read that fic first to get the most out of this one
s2m's comments: Another engaging drama from this author, complete with all the grammar and cultural errors mentioned above. Kanae/Hio fic is truly rare, though, and that is what prompted me to rec this one anyway. The in-fic movie takes over the story on occasion, but it's easy to skim if you grow tired of it. *cough* I mean...Kanae/Hio fic!!! *swoons*

Area Codes by Kasuchi
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: A friendship in phonecalls, low signal and missed calls and static and all.
length: one-shot at 2,890 words
setting: early in the manga through the end of volume 25
s2m's comments: I liked how this fic lets us follow Kanae's and Kyoko's friendship through their cell phones. Kanae's thoughts on Kyoko's crazy life are a hilarious touch. A sweet friendship fic!

Art of Seduction by alitablake
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: How many ways is there to seduce a man? After dating Ren for almost a year with no action, Kyoko does a little research. Lemon
length: complete at 7 chapters, 22,115 words
setting: Kyoko is about 19, no spoilers beyond Natsu's introduction
s2m's comments: Watching Kyoko's bumbling attempts to seduce Ren is very amusing! While I do wish the author had laid the groundwork for Kyoko's sudden desire for sex, the rest of the fic is in-character and so funny, I decided to rec it anyway!

At Her Side by Golden meliades
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Giving out chocolates on Valentine's is a foolish waste of money...but there is ONE person that Kanae feels is worth the expense. Moko/Kyoko friendship with indirect Ren x Kyoko. One-shot.
length: one-shot at 3,569 words
setting: Valentines Day, slightly different from canon
s2m's comments: The ending made this fic for me. I know that feeling well...

At His Back by Golden meliades
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Yashiro prefers not to think of it as being in Ren's shadow...
length: one-shot at 2,236 words
setting: between vol 18 and vol 25
s2m's comments: An introspective one-shot that sheds some light on the fallout of being Ren's manager. This fic is a rare gen!fic jewel in an ocean of mediocre het. I'm glad I found it!

Checkmate by Mystic Rains
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; one-sided Kanae/Kyoko, Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: The chance to escape LoveMe with an acting career should have been a dream come true. It was the final carrot to dangle in front of her. Except now Kanae refuses to leave, & Lory can't risk letting her stay.
length: complete at 2 chapters, 5,746 words
setting: after the third Love Me member joins
s2m's comments: A powerful and painful fic, one that made me truly despise a certain lovable character! This fic handles an emotional situation well, and I must applaud an author brave enough to write dark yuri in a fandom so in love with fluffy het!

Chicken of the Sea by Jhiz
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Hikaru; PG
author's summary: Hikaru Challenge: An epic tale - or as epic as can be with 5 chapters - of a large white bird, two silly big brothers, one frustrated yet endearing love interest and the three unwritten rules they must all obey as they sail the seas on an ocean liner
length: complete at 5 chapters, 34,696 words
setting: You need to know about the Heel siblings.
s2m's comments: This is a sweet one! It does have some minor cultural errors, but the writing and characterization definitely outweigh them. Read this if you need a hug! ^3^

Closing Games by Golden meliades
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: The Dark Moon crew goes into work one last time. Some Kyoko x Ren. One-shot.
length: one-shot at 6,379 words
setting: the wrap party for Dark Moon, written long before it happens in canon.
s2m's comments: The setup for this fic seemed a bit much, but I kept reading and was glad I did! Bittersweet and solidly written. ^^

Different Sort of Taste, A by hazukashiijousan
read its full listing in the crossover section

Top 10%!!1! Five Times Kyoko Did Not Expect Fannish Shipping Explosions by ryfkah
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; vaguely Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Kyoko gets cast in adaptations of popular works. Reactions are predictable.
length: one-shot at 8,273 words
setting: You need to know about the Cain siblings' dynamic
s2m's comments: Fandom rarely plays a role in canon, aside from bit characters talking about how cute/hot a celebrity is. This fic takes fannish shenanigans in two gleeful fists and runs with it! Also I want the dramas created in this fic. I want them so badly! XD Another fun story from ryfkah, filled with Skip's canon-esque craziness. Watching Kyoko deal with fandom shipping of her and Ren (and Kanae!) in their various roles is hilarious. And best of all--Kyoko finally gets to play that princess!

Embrace No Evil by alitablake
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Kyoko/Ren; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Kyoko accepts a new role. The consequences of that leads to a punishment, new feelings and confessions. Lots of Fluff and Lemons
length: complete at 15 chapters, 47,494 words
setting: after Valentine's Day
s2m's comments: This fic's first 10 chapters are what I am reccing. The final 5 are okay, but can be rather schmoopy. (And have one of the most common sexual mistakes in fanfic, but what can you do...) The author has some delightful turn of phrases, and the plot was amusing and different enough to grab me! Quite a few homonym and grammar errors, but as with all the fics I rec, the errors are outweighted by the fic as a whole.

Half the Secret Given, Half the Secret Stolen by treeflamingo
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Ren gave her half of his secret, but she found the other half herself. Starts immediately after the events of chap 166, kind of AU at this point.
length: complete at 11 chapters, 30,455 words
setting: after we meet the Heels
s2m's comments: A lovely writing style helps this Kyoko/Ren fic stand out among the hundreds of others. I enjoyed the progression of their relationship, and it was interesting to see an author show us Ren's less gentlemanly side in a believable and well-done way.

Handcuffs by Jhiz
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; PG-13
author's summary: Kyoko is playing the part of a policewoman in training. Can Ren help her prepare for the role?
length: one-shot at 2,442 words
setting: this one is rather timeless
s2m's comments: Just a little kink for your reading pleasure! *wink*

Happy Birthday, Ren! by La Morraine
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Ren comes home late on his birthday. He has resigned himself to spending the night alone, hating to celebrate his birthday without his family. Luckily Kyoko doesn't know it and surprises him.
length: complete at 2 chapters, 7,418 words
setting: Ren's 22nd birthday
s2m's comments: This impossibly sweet fic deals with the three big secrets of Skip in a believable and smushy way. My reaction through the whole fic was pretty much "D'awwww!" So cute. :3

Her Fairy Prince by Rutoh-Chan
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: Kuon refuses Lory's offer to escape to Japan and start a new life. Several years later, his parents drag him back to Kyoto, desperate to help him. While there, he decides to visit his last good memories and finds more than he expected.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 27,484 words
setting: splits from canon a couple weeks before volume 1, but you need to know Cain and Setsu to avoid spoilers
s2m's comments: It may be yet another Kyoko/Ren romance, but this fic is intriguingly different. The author has spun a single second meeting between pre-showbiz Kyoko and Ren into a very enjoyable AU tale of their careers and romance. The only drawback to this fic is the author's unfortunate incorrect use of apostrophes, but as with all fics I rec that have grammar problems, it is easily overlooked. ^^

Harem Flower, The by La Morraine
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: It's pure chance that Kyoko starts learning the belly-dance, but it must be fate that this hobby of hers will allow her a second chance at love. It must also be fate that a movie will help her along.
length: abandoned WIP at 14 chapters, 38,453 words
setting: after Setsuka and Cain's intro
s2m's comments: It's good to see a fic that believably reflects the potential side-effects of the Setsuka and Cain arc. This story is entertaining, and while a couple scenes are a bit much, overall it's a fun read, and I hope the author updates again soon!

History of Color, A by aishuu as buduica
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: A waitress keeps noticing unusual couples at her place of work.
length: one-shot at 5,316 words
setting: doesn't really matter. This fic can be enjoyed without knowing anything of canon.
s2m's comments: I do enjoy a fic that gives us an outsider's perspective, and aishuu delivers beautifully. It's also a lovely genfic break from the usual romances that fill Skip fanfiction. :B

Top 10%!!1! Imperial Entanglements by leavesfallingup
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/OMC, Kyoko/Ren, Kyoko/Sho; PG
author's summary: There is a black sheep in the Imperial Family, and he is making life difficult for everyone. The Empress decides to settle her youngest son down by marriage to a commoner. He fights back by choosing someone who is sure to fail, or will she?
length: complete at 27 chapters, 126,597 words
setting: after the Heel Siblings' intro, as usual
s2m's comments: That this fic kept me reading over the course of weeks it took me to find the time really says something. This author always writes a decent story, and IMO this is one of her better ones. You can never tell which man Kyoko will end up with, and that makes the fic all the more fun. The cast of OCs are well-developed and fun, and I was defintiely rooting for the Prince. XD

Killer Role, A by ninemuses
read its full listing in the crossover section

Kyoko's Fairytale by Kurisutiina_chan
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Kyoko is offered a major role in a new tv drama. The only problem: it looks like her sempai Ren's her leading man, and drama follows Kyoko wherever she goes. What's this about a trip to America?
length: abandoned WIP at 11 chapters, 67,863 words
setting: after the Valentine's Day arc
s2m's comments: Skip fandom just loves having Ren and Kyoko play love interests in the same drama, and this fic takes that trope and makes it enjoyable again. Characterizations are good, and enough original twists to the story to make it definitely worth a rec. ^^ It does have a surprising number of grammar errors for this level of syntax, just so you know.

Last Dance by WingsOfMorphius
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Shou gets invited to his middle school reunion, and all of his old classmates are dying to see him again. But unfortunately for them, he won't come unless Kyouko's gonna be there.
length: stalled WIP at 6 chapters, 35,706 words
setting: Kyoko and Sho are 20
s2m's comments: This well-written fic reads true to canon, and has some delightful supporting-cast OCs. ^^ I enjoyed the chapters up so far, and hope the author updates soon! My only real quibble is the aging-up. To my mind, it was done purely for the class reunion angle, as the characters are all at the same emotional place they are in the more recent manga volumes (said volumes being the high 20s). No one is showing much signs of 4 years of maturity, but oh well. It's still a good read! :D

Learn to Say No by Sariah Loire
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Kyoko needs help with an acting problem, and Ren agrees to help without asking what the problem is. One-shot.
length: one-shot at 1,448 words
setting: after Kyoko has mastered Natsu
s2m's comments: Ren is always happy to help Kyoko with her acting troubles, and sometimes he suffers for it. Much to our amusement! Short and hilarious! XD I'd love to see fanart of this. *cackles*

Light and Dark Kisses by cbee
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren, Ren/Yashiro; PG
author's summary, don't hold it against the fic!: Kyoko & Ren's first kiss and Mr. Yashiro gets a visit from the Dark Lord! My first fan fic so reviews more than welcomed!
length: complete at 5 chapters, 3,857 words
setting: after Act 114
s2m's comments: This bit of hilarity is another example of a fic's charms overcoming its technical drawbacks. Ren is slightly OOC, but the story is so fun and its delightful use of my beloved Mr. Yashiro so refreshing that I couldn't help but enjoy it. Read this one for laughs!

Lip Gloss by Golden meliades
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Ren's pride has been smarting ever since his encounter with Sho at Karuizawa. Isn't there anything he can do to wipe that smug look off Fuwa's face? One-shot.
length: one-shot at 3,254 words
setting: after the incidents in Karuizawa/Act 95 or so
s2m's comments: Most Skip fics that invoke Ren's darker nature use it for outright violence or dub-con. This fic, however, gives us a delightful look at that dark side used in a subtle, manipulative way that makes me snicker every time. It reminds us that Ren is both quite intelligent and an accomplished actor!

Love Me Too by adaliseranis
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Lory is Disappointed, Yashiro is scared, and Ren is in a lot of trouble.
length: one-shot at 1,470 words
setting: after volume 17 or so, but more for characterization than spoilers
s2m's comments: This would make an amazing comedy addition to canon, I must say! I giggled all the way through it!

Loved Girl, The (A Portrait in Tabloids) by peroxidepest17
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: The Japanese tabloids enjoy picking apart Ren and Kyoko's latest drama.
length: one-shot at 3,152 words
setting: no definite point in canon, but I suggest you've read through volume 15 more for character development than spoilers
s2m's comments: This fic takes the trope of Ren, Sho, and Kyoko acting in the same drama and makes it WORK delightfully well. Sho's frustration is perfection, and Kyoko and Ren are enjoyable to watch interact, and even Yashiro's continuing shipping hopes are fabulous. This fic could easily be part of canon!

Manager's Devotion, A by hazukashiijousan
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Ren/Yashiro; PG-13
author's summary: Yashiro will sacrifice anything to help Ren's career succeed, even his own emotions. But is that really the best for Ren? Drama.
length: WIP at 7 chapters, 17,202 words
setting: inside the Dark Moon story arc, so after volume 13/Act 78/the end of the anime
s2m's comments: I fully believe Mr. Yashiro is gay, even though it's never been confirmed in canon. It's fun to find a fic where he not only IS, but is in love with Ren! Kyaaa! X3 I really like what this author has done with the story so far, it's wonderfully different from the Skip Beat fanfic norm! :D

Meanings of Emotions, The by KuraiArcoiris
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Yashiro; G
author's summary: Ren left for America, leaving Yashiro behind to watch over Kyoko. And that's how the whole problem started... Drabbles
length: complete at 4 chapters, 12,351 words
setting: after a fanon ending of the Heel Siblings arc
s2m's comments: This fic has a charm that lured me in, no doubt helped along by its featuring one of my Skip Beat faves: Yashiro. C: Only the first few stories are short enough to be actual drabbles. The segments grow longer and longer as the fic progresses. Stick out the kinda thin beginning and the continuous typos--the fic is worth it. ^^

Melodies of the Girl with the Golden Eyes, chapter 4: Starstruck by Secluded Sapphire
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary for the entire fic: 20 songs, 20 one-shots. Tales following an oblivious actress and two men vying for her attention.
length: complete at 1 chapter, 1,462 words
setting: during the Heel Siblings arc
s2m's comments: This rec is for a single chapter out of 20. This chapter stood out from the rest to me, and made me laugh out loud! Oh Ren, you devious over-protective bad boy, you... ^^ While I didn't enjoy any of the other chapters enough to rec them, they aren't difficult to read at all. Feel free to read the rest!

Mon Amour by mogami2000
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren; R
author's summary: The script is brilliant, but a bit ... mature. LoveMe's number one girl decides extra coaching is needed to make this job believable
length: stalled WIP at 10 chapters, 21,317 words
setting: after Box "R"
s2m's comments: A well-written fic that takes a fandom trope and makes it work! Never doubt the power of a skilled author. This fic does have some unusual and creative twists, as well. Let us hope the author updates soon!

New Clothes and the Emperor by Deja-You
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Kyoko is filming a commercial for a new model of bike, and has to dash away from the set in a hurry. What's this? Could it be that the Emperor LIKES orange?
length: one-shot at 2,900 words
setting: later in the Dark Moon arc
s2m's comments: Ren's dark side comes up rather often in Skip fic, but this author uses it with skill. ^^ I think I shivered when Kyoko did! Oh my! *blush*

Nice Guys Don't Always Finish Last by leavesfallingup
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Hikaru, Kyoko/Ren; PG-13
author's summary: When Tsuruga Ren suddenly pushes Kyoko away, she can't understand the feelings that are overwhelming her. What will happen when Ishibashi Hikaru steps in and lends her a shoulder to cry on?
length: complete at 5 chapters, 17,673 words
setting: immediately after Ren makes his rice dish
s2m's comments: I admire how this fic gives Hikaru a believable romance with Kyoko. Hikaru is ignored or used in comic relief in almost every fic I've read, so it's good to see him win, for once! But ohhh, that ending. ><

Once Upon a Night by lurk_stiltzkin
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: It’s just a night out, but the gossip columnists have found Tsuruga Ren’s love life as such a juicy info.
length: one-shot at 432 words
setting: after volume4
s2m's comments: Short and very cute! X3

Top 10%!!1! Ouran Academy Guest Lecturers Series by peroxidepest17
read its full listing in the crossover section

Patience is Its Own Reward by leavesfallingup
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Kyoko is still attending school and trying to make the most of it before graduation, while Ren and Sho are chasing her every step of the way.
length: complete at 44 chapters, 147,587 words
setting: after Setsu's intro
s2m's comments: Another fun epic from this author! While it is one more Ren/Kyoko story, the author handles it differently and keeps it fresh. ^^ The summary is rather misleading, only a small portion of the fic deals with high school. Also, as with most of the other stories I've recced by this author, the in-fic movie plot is a big presence. I admit, I was skimming those sections about half-way through the fic.

Prisoner by RavingBabbit
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Angel!Mimori/Angel!Sho; R
author's summary: AU. Fluffy. A demon lures an angel to sin. Happily ever after guaranteed.
length: one-shot at 3,288 words
setting: AU in Sho's music video, the one filmed with Kyoko and Mimori in volume 7
s2m's comments: This sweet little one-shot makes excellent use of symbolism and consequences. I was quite impressed! Also it made me like Mimori, and no one has managed that before. Not even canon! It's also quite nice to read a rarepair for Skip.

Roles They Assume, The by kurushi
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; PG-13
author's summary: Ren stars opposite Kyoko, and his experiences threaten his self-image and his acting career.
length: one-shot at 3,208 words
setting: several fanon years after volume 20
s2m's comments: This beautifully written fic is a strong character study of Ren and how acting in a romance with Kyoko affects him. Even with all the Kyoko/Ren I've read, I quite enjoyed this one. Particularly the ending. *wink*

Runaway Royalty by leavesfallingup
read its full listing under its prequel, Always With You

Sad Eyes by leavesfallingup
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: Kyoko runs away from Ren's profession of love, but neither distance, nor disguises, nor fierce, deadly storms can keep him away forever. Will Ren win Kyoko's heart before another man steals it forever?
length: complete at 23 chapters, 98,002 words
setting: splits from canon after the Cain Siblings are introduced
s2m's comments: The author is right when she says this story is different from the usual. While it is about Kyoko and Ren's eventual coming together, the focus is on Kyoko's development and acceptance of Ren's love for her. Leavesfallingup also uses her amazing ability to create varied and likeable OCs, who play a major role in this fic. In fact, they out-number the canon characters! But with this author, that's a good thing. I suspect readers interested in drama and character development rather than bouncy excitement are more likely to enjoy this fic.

Sepia Images by Jhiz
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: Kyoko is offered the lead in a new drama: stolen kisses, rivalry and a jealous Ren ensue.
length: complete at 54 chapters, 102,305 words
setting: after we meet the Heel siblings
s2m's comments: This is one of the best Skip Kyoko/Ren epics out there, and one of my faves. Don't let the blah official summary turn you away! Nicely written, even with the typos ("sempie" takes the cake, really!), and this fic makes great use of the Grudge and Angel Kyokos. Also it has an excellent reconciliation with Sho. Good stuff.

Shipping Wars by ryfkah
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Shoko/Yashiro; G
author's summary: When you're paid to manage a megastar, being ridiculously over invested in their love life is pretty much just part of the job.
length: one-shot at 2,158 words
setting: best to have read through vol 20 or so
s2m's comments: I do not hide that Mr. Yashiro is my fave, and I love seeing him in this fic. His argument with a certain someone is hilarious, and the conclusion makes me smile. A very enjoyable fic, and welcome break to see the shipping wars from a different perspective. :3

Sho Business by DrunkenWisdom
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Sho; PG
author's summary: What if Sho had had to make an honest woman of Kyoko in order to get her to agree to come to Tokyo with him? What impact would this have on the lives of Kyoko, Sho, and Ren Tsuruga? AU, but it deviates from canon less than one might think.
length: stalled WIP at 16 chapters, 31,665 words
setting: AU from before the series begins
s2m's comments: This fic lives up to its intriguing AU premise! The author remains true to Sho's completely self-centered POV, and the contrast between him and still-Sho-besotted Kyoko is fascinating and frustrating both. The summary promises us quite a ride, and while the fic is still in the first manga volume's content, I certainly hope the author delivers! ^^

Show Business, Love Business by anenko
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/various; G
author's summary: The media speculates about the men in Kyoko's life. Yashiro despairs.
length: one-shot at 1,998 words
setting: you need to have met Reino
s2m's comments: This is a fun one-shot that features my favorite Skip character, Mr. Yashiro. ^^ The author did a great job reflecting both the over-the-top drama and insanity found in the manga!

Skipholic by kashudoreineko
read its full listing in the crossover section

Snowfall by kitsunerei88
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: It's Christmas Eve, and LME has given all of its employees a couple of days off. Thinking Ren might be lonely, Yashiro sends Kyoko to see him.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 13,065 words
setting: after Act 110, but if you know who "Mio" is, you'll be fine.
s2m's comments: In a fandom that is focused on the main canon(?) couple, this fic stands out for solid writing and characters who are actually in-character. It's always nice when that happens, hmm? ^^ This fic made me d'awww and laugh and even squee, so I recommend it for anyone who needs some sweetness in their day.

So Ordinary by anenko
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; R
author's summary: Some girls were born plain, lived plain lives, and died old and boring and one-hundred percent ordinary. And Kyoko Mogami was the poster child of plain.
length: one-shot at 488 words
setting: doesn't really matter as long as you've read the first couple vols
s2m's comments: A short and hilarious one-shot that perfectly showcases Sho's denial for his attraction to Kyoko. I can see that scandalous poster perfectly through his eyes. Hahaha!

Spring Has Come for That Girl with No Sex Appeal by momoirousagichan
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kyoko/Hikaru, Kyojo/Kijima, Kyoko/Ren, Kyoko/Sho; PG-13
author's summary: Kijima said Kyoko's dating Hikaru, which surprised Ren because he's been shacked with her as Cain, who's just mad because Sho called... and then there's Reino.
length: complete at 21 chapters, 152,418 words
setting: after volume 29
s2m's comments: The title may be a bit much, but this fic is an enjoyable exploration of Kyoko's growing reverse harem. The best part is the four different versions of the 2nd to last chapter, to give us an ending with each guy. Unfortunately, the author does have occasional SPAG problems, and switches into present tense from time to time, but as usual the errors are easy to forgive, given the rest of the fic.

Stalking Tsuruga Ren? by momoirousagichan
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: Someone is following Tsuruga Ren's schedule really, really closely.
length: one-shot at 733 words
setting: up to vol 6
s2m's comments: Hahaha! Another unusual gem in the reams of fics that are Ren/Kyoko romance. ^^

Take the Lead by alitablake
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Kyoko/Ren; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Kyoko is getting an opportunity to work with Moko-san again and she is ecstatic! But the role requires some things that she will have to ask her respected Sempai for help. Lemons and fluff
length: complete at 25 chapters, 99,338 words
setting: You need to know about the Heel siblings
s2m's comments: This fic has a rocky start, engaging middle, and lackluster PWP end...which is kind of how it goes with this author. Stick out the beginning, enjoy the middle chapters, and if all the sex grows boring, skim to the end for a little more plot and a conclusion to the fic.

To Build of Shattered Pieces by Chelsea Deanne
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; none; PG
author's summary: A collection of one-shots. Be prepared to love, hate, and flip back through your manga.
length: stalled WIP at 6 chapters, 6,792 words
setting: after Act 151, which is the first chapter in vol 26
s2m's comments: I admire when an author makes canon work for them and manages to give it new depth, too! Chelsea Deanne's series of one-shots is a stellar example. Her Moko steals the show! ^^

What Do You Want for Your Birthday Present? by SnowRider14
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Kyoko/Ren; G
author's summary: Ren wants something for his bday, can Kyoko give it to him?
length: one-shot at 1,317 words
setting: after vol 26 or so
s2m's comments: A cute fic that made me smile. ^^

What I'm Missing by Sariah Loire
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyoko/Ren; PG
author's summary: As they grow more famous, there's still something missing. Can Kyoko and Ren have closure with their pasts, while making it big in Showbiz? Directly following the official story line, starting at Act 151.
length: complete at 41 chapters, 118,589 words
setting: splits from canon after the Valentine's Day fiasco
s2m's comments: Here's an enjoyable epic that handles the Kyoko/Ren romance slowly and well. I really liked the author's plot twists and characterizations, though her Julie did seem a bit much. This fic is worth a read!

With My Little Eye by Golden meliades
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Ren keeps his problems to himself...but there are those who watch so closely that they can see the truth, even from a distance.
length: one-shot at 3,858 words
setting: If you know the basics of the character "BJ", you'll be fine. Note this was written before the Cains were introduced.
s2m's comments: D'awwwww, so sweeeet! X3 This author truly knows and writes the Skip cast well, and I like seeing Kyoko find a way to help Mr. Tsuruga without using the chicken suit. Also it's fun to learn things through fic. :D

Wink, The by Golden meliades
genre, ship, rating: Comedy, Kyoko/Ren, G
author's summary: Why does Kyoko have to do her first-ever photo shoot in a bikini, of all things? And why won't Ren quit teasing her? It's an embarrassing day for Kyoko. For Lyl's Cover Challenge. Ren x Kyoko fluff and silly-ness. One-shot.
length: one-shot at 5,671 words
setting: after vol 12. You just need to know about Dark Moon
s2m's comments: A cute story that made me laugh! I only wish the author had addressed how cold everyone was...

Wink, a Poke, a Gentle Shove, A by MadnessinmyMethod
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Ren, Kanae/Yashiro; PG
author's summary: Because Kuu wants to know when Kyouko will be his legal daughter. Because the managers have been planning this all along. Because sometimes all you need is a gentle shove. RenxKyouko.
length: complete at 15 chapters, 40,054 words
setting: If you know about Princess Rosa, you're good
s2m's comments: This is a sweet almost-epic about the fandom's favorite couple, along with an amusing dash of Yashiro/Kanae. The author does make a few mistakes with honorifics and the movie business, but the fic was enjoyable enough that I can forgive them. ^^

Work of Chemists, The by anenko
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none, G
author's summary: Avoiding Mr. Tsuruga would become her life's mission, right behind destroying Sho.
length: one-shot at 4,659 words
setting: vaguely after Dark Moon wraps
s2m's comments: My favorite fic by this author! This fic is a remarkable testament to Kyoko's perspective on her friends, co-workers, and that most reviled of subjects: romantic love. Anenko's Kyoko is perfectly in character, and her interactions with Moko steal the show. Poor Kyoko, to think with such cruelty about love, but to enjoy it being done well on film--as long as it's being portrayed by someone else. Heh. ^^

Your Kyoko-chan by C.Queen
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyoko/Ren; PG-13
author's summary: Ren never imagined that agreeing to give Kyoko a ride home would cause so many problems. Both get in major trouble when a talk show host calls Kyoko on stage to explain her feelings for Ren and it only gets worse from there on in.
length: complete at 12 chapters, 38,003 words
setting: You definitely need to know who Natsu is to enjoy this one.
s2m's comments: This fic starts off strong and is quite enjoyable! The author does turn rather vicious when two characters get their comeuppance. I like how she handled Sho and Kyoko at the end. Note this fic has a surprising number of spelling errors--including canon names--for one with this level of plotting and characterization, but the story overshadows them and kept me reading.

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Sleeping Beauty (Disney)

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
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Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Snow White (1937)

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
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Not Everyone Gets A Happily Ever After by MissusPatches
genre, ship, rating: Drama; ship is spoilery: Snow White/Grumpy; G
author's summary: We all know how, in the end, Snow White was carried off by her Prince in yet another one of those cliché Happily-Ever-Afters. But did she ever stop to think about what she was leaving behind..? A one sided romance.
length: one-shot at 2,810 words
setting: after the Disney movie ends
s2m's comments: This one has to be experienced. Whoa. O.o

Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Wicked Wiles by abluestocking
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Snow Whtie/Grumpy; Snow White/Prince Charming; G
author's summary: Grumpy visits Snow White, eight years after Snow left the forest. All may not be as it seems.
length: one-shot at 6,929 words
setting: eight years after the film ends
s2m's comments: A poignant read! This fic really takes off about halfway through.

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Song of Ice and Fire, A/Game of Thrones

Descent, The by OverlyDramatic
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Brienne/Jaime; PG-13
author's summary: Jaime Lannister, Westeros' most famous tourney knight, finds himself wed to a woman he barely knows, with staggeringly blue eyes and a penchant for swordplay. (Arranged marriage AU).
length: stalled WIP at 6 chapters, 18,241 words
setting: AU of book canon. Cersei left Jaime for her hubby King Rhaegar, Jaime resides at Casterly Rock
s2m's comments: A delightfully well-written fic! Brienne and Jaime are still their canon selves, only they've ended up married to each other. XD But seriously, Brienne's strong sense of honor is what propels her to try to be a proper Lady of Casterly Rock in some form--even if she sneaks sword practice. Jaime has gotten over losing his sister's romantic love and is ever-faithful to his unusual wife. The politics run rampant around our erstwhile couple, even as they find common ground in swordplay. Good stuff!

I'll be the frosting to your cupcake, wench by janie_tangerine
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Brienne/Jamie; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: Where Brienne bakes cupcakes for a living and Jaime ends up being her favorite client. (Also: Renly owns the bakery, a whole lot of plot happens and there's a ridiculous amount of cupcakes. Oh, and Robb and Theon are in a folk duo - yes, it had to be mentioned.)
length: one-shot at 23,791 words
setting: bakery AU, book canon--though tv series-only fans will be fine. Spoilers through the gruesome part of Brienne and Jamie's canon interaction
s2m's comments: This isn't your typical bakery AU, at least in my opinion! I enjoyed the modern-world versions of the cast, and the cupcake "porn" is just as enjoyable as the actual romance! A satisfying read. :3

you were the song all along by janie_tangerine
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Robb/Theon, Jeyne/Robb/Theonn; NC-17 graphic sex, off-screen torture
author's summary, slightly shortened: Where Robb ends up in a folk group with his best friend and finds out that the love of your life can be two people at the same time, Theon gets what he wants in life and Jeyne takes some decisions that eventually turn out to be very much right.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 87,338 words
setting: modern AU, set a little before the previous fic and a lot after
s2m's comments: Ahh, I do love a good slow-burn friends to lovers fic, and that it's eventually an OT3 is completely scrumptuous. XD This author weaves another great tale of longing, drama, and friendship around the SoIaF/GoT characters and situation. I LOVE that Theon's family are hard rockers, it's so hilariously perfect. This fic has angst and fluff and is a fantastic read all-around. Note there is a sequel fic with some short scenes that didn't make it into this one. I didn't rec it here, but you can easily read by clicking the series link. ^^

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South Park

I Feel So by Brat-Child3
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; Kyle/Stan; R
author's summary: I hugged myself and let out a sob: longing for the comfort of his smile, his touch. I was so sick. So sick and tired of being angry. In one clear moment, I realized how hopeless it had all been, and I asked myself: Now what?
length: complete at 19 chapters, 92,955 words
setting: high school
s2m's comments: Sometimes a story affects me so strongly I can't read it in one sitting, I have to take breaks to gain some distance. Yeah, this is one of them. A very powerful fic! My first SP fic ever, and it's going to take one hell of a fic to top it!

Lex Talionis by Foodstamp
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kyle/Stan; R off-screen rape and torture
author's summary: Years after losing contact with their childhood friends, Detectives Marsh and McCormick pick up a domestic abuse case that exposes their own dark history. Kenny's POV, StanxKyle and secret pairings, mature. Still need to post the epilogue, sorry!
length: technically abandoned WIP at 4 chapters, 71,256 words
setting: the guys are 26
s2m's comments: Every so often a fic leaves me speechless from awe. I'd heard the author was good, but WHOA! O.o A true murder mystery, told in gripping first-person style. It is complete as-is, though I wouldn't mind that epilogue being posted one day! Cartman fans beware.

Red String by the pink striper
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Kyle/Stan; R Cartman
author's summary: When Stan Marsh decides that he wants more out of his super best friendship with Kyle Broflovski, a lovesick Kyle has no choice but to accept. Now Kyle has two years or less to convince Stan to love him back. If only things were that simple.
length: abandoned WIP at 9 chapters, 123,599 words
setting: high school
s2m's comments: You know I love comedy, and this fic reads just like an insane South Park ep. Kenny even dies a couple of times! *snicker* I felt obligated to warn for Cartman, as he is in fine form in this one. O= The comedy slacks off a bit as the series progresses, but compared with I Feel So above, it's a barrel full of monkeys! =D Also: hot kisses. VERY hot kisses. Toe-curling kisses!!! X3

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Spider-Man

Just a Face On a Train by katheryne
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: After rescuing a train from Doc Ock's attack, Peter Parker found himself unmasked and indebted to those he had just saved. 4 months later, a train passenger again crosses paths with the young hero. Based on events from Spider-Man 2.
length: complete at 5 chapters, 11,504 words
setting: four months after movie 2 (Tobey MacGuire version)
s2m's comments: This fic is touching and sweet, and I want to hug pretty much all the characters. It's told from a FOC's POV, and told well. I've said in my descriptions of other fics that I really enjoy an outsider's POV on a canon character, and this fic is a prime example.

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Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Interspecies Courtship Rituals by Kathryn Ramage
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bashir/Garak; PG-13 attempted non-con
author's summary: Finding himself the object of an intense and frightening Cardassian-style pursuit by Garak, Bashir tries to teach his suitor a thing or two about human relationships.
length: one-shot at 8,456 words
setting: when Bashir and Garak's flirtatious conversations are at their height
s2m's comments: This fic shows us just how different romance and courtship could be with an alien race. Bashir trying to navigate Cardassian seduction dos and don'ts while attempting to educate Garak about the human method is marvelously achieved, and finally resolved! Despite early violent almost non-con, the fic has sweet ending. The fic is an old-school newsgroup posting; you'll need to scroll past the various headers for each section.

Literacy by The Hoyden
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Bashir/Garak; R
author's summary: "You want me to read to you?" Julian repeated, somewhat taken aback.
length: one-shot at 5,581 words
setting: second season episode, "The Wire"
s2m's comments: The best part of this fic is watching oblivious!Bashir miss all the cues as to exactly what he's reading. I snickered and giggled all the way through this one. A fun, light read! Heehee! :3

Oo-job by yeaka
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Julian/Quark; R
author's summary: Quark goes in for a bonus checkup.
length: one-shot at 1,824 words
setting: later on in the show
s2m's comments: This black humor fic is hilarious and weirdly stimulating! The way the author detailed Julian's careful--and unknowing--oo-mox (AKA ear massage) is wonderfully G-rated explicitness. *^^* I'm not sure who to feel the most sympathy for: Julian for being oblivious to what is going on, or Quark for how he has to justify his desire for the lobe-less hu-mon! (And to be fair, this fic does skate the edge of dub-con. Extra-sensitive readers take note!)

Simulacrum by eponymous_rose
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R
author's summary: Through the looking glass, Miles O'Brien makes the acquaintance of two Julian Bashirs. He's always had a talent for fixing broken things.
length: complete at 4 chapters, 11,619 words
setting: DS9 mirrorverse
s2m's comments: It's been years since I watched DS9, and this fic brought it all back. The characterization and growth in this fic is very well-done and amazing. I hope the author writes a sequel one day, because I would gladly read it!

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Star Trek: Enterprise

Miscommunication by Ragua
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; T'Pol/Trip; PG-13
author's summary: Trip wants to learn Vulcan, so he goes to Hoshi for help. He makes her swear to keep their lessons secret, because he wants to surprise T'Pol. T'Pol misinterprets Trip's interest in Hoshi, as does Malcolm, and a great deal of misunderstanding ensues. When sent on an away mission, the three senior officers must resolve their problems.
length: complete at 13 chapters, 41,301 words
setting: after the 3rd season
s2m's comments: I found this fic quite enjoyable. ^^ The alien OC and Vulcan fan club completely won me over. Yay, Trip and T'pol! XD

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Star Trek: Reboot/Alternate Origin Story (AOS)

Ensign Sue Must Die by Clare Moseley and Kevin Bolk
genre; ship; rating: Comedy fan comic; none; PG
author's summary: A Trek-tastic parody
length: complete at 27 pages
setting: nu!Trek
s2m's comments: Completely hilarious and fun! XD Be sure to pay attention to Mary Sue's character design for an unspoken treat.

Win-Win Scenario, The by twistyguru
genre; ship; rating: Comedy Romance, Chekov/Kirk; PG-13
author's summary: This is the story of how Jim Kirk and Pavel Chekov met...and a ship named Kobayashi Maru. SLASH! Kirk/Chekov. Explains what 'really' happened in the simulator Kirk's third time around.
length: complete at 3 chapters, 23,958 words
setting: nu!Trek, while they're still at the Academy
s2m's comments: This fic is so cute and adorable, I had to rec it! Some tension in the third chapter saves it from being all schmoopy fluff, and all three chapters have fabulous humor. I love watching Kirk and Chekov dodge the system. Heee!

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Star Trek: Voyager

True Sight by Ainzfern
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; ship is spoilery: Chakotay/Paris; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: A lonely soul. An unknown lover. Excerpts from the personal log of Tom Paris as he chronicles a most extraordinary phase of his life on board Voyager.
length: one-shot at 17,654 words
setting: around 2nd and 3rd season
s2m's comments: For my first Voyager fic, this one has set the bar quite high in the "enjoyable" category! Poor Tom and his suffering social life--both in love AND friendship. That's gotta hurt. *wince* I'm so glad he finds someone to help him with both aspects. And I'm particularly touched by how he figures out who the new man in his life is. :3

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Star Wars

Big Deal in the Resistance, A by igrockspock
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Finn/Poe; PG
author's summary: Within a month of officially joining the Resistance, Finn accidentally initiates an epic prank war with his roommates, receives a medal he doesn’t want, and starts falling in love with his best friend.
length: one-shot at 14,697 words
setting: a few weeks after movieVII:TFA
s2m's comments: What I like most in this fic is how we learn about Finn's previous life through his reactions to his new life among the Rebels. I'm reccing this fic for the amazing character insight for Finn. The prank war is fun (the plastic wrap bit is my fave) and I liked how the pranks stopped. The friendship and romance is adorable! A fun and moving read with great OCs to definitely add to the story.

Blind Light by Cara J. Loup
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Han/Luke; R
author's summary can't be found, so...: Han is locked in a cell and suffering from the agony of hibernation sickness, but at least he's not alone. Luke is with him.
length: one-shot at 7,217 words
setting: Return of the Jedi, after Han is released from the carbonite and before he, Luke, and Chewie are on the ship over the carnivorous pit
s2m's comments: The original trilogy has long held a special place in my heart. It was a big part of my childhood, particularly since Luke was my first fictional crush. I'd believed the original trilogy could never be improved, but now...I'm a puddle of happy goo after finishing this fic. Oh, how much more I can see in my beloved old favorite!

Continue With Day by Claire
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Finn/Poe; PG-13
author's summary: BB-8 notices how Poe feels about Finn and starts to extrapolate some things
length: one-shot at 2,444 words
setting: after EpVII:TFA
s2m's comments: When I started this fic, first I was surprised, then amused, then giggling, then laughing like crazy. XD BB8 is indeed the best droid in the galaxy! A very fun and creative fic. X3

Elementary, My Dear ObiWan by Frostfyre7
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Equally Cursed and Blessed by Mina1
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; PG off-screen torture
author's summary: Luke Skywalker, battered and bruised after his collision with destiny on Bespin, is called upon by the Alliance for a desperate rescue mission that goes horribly wrong. There's only one person who can save him: his father.
length: complete at 42 chapters, 149,511 words
setting: begins a month after Empire Strikes Back
s2m's comments: A rousing AU adventure! With plenty of drama, too, because how else can these characters properly work out their messed-up family? Engrossing and well-written. A must for any Star Wars fan!

Force Bond 1: Orphan by KittandChips
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; G
author's summary: AU After Owen and Beru are killed by a mysterious stranger, young Luke ends up as an orphan on Coruscant. It's a race against time as Obi-Wan struggles to find Luke before Vader realizes the boy is his son.
length: complete at 13 chapters, 49,831 words
setting: when Luke is 11
s2m's comments: This one is fun and uplifting. The writing is believable and characterization top-notch. The kids act like kids, Vader is an imposing force, and the Emperor delightfully manipulative. And ohhh, Obi-Wan...

Force Bond 2: Threat by KittandChips
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; G
author's summary: (highlight to read) Luke finds himself moving in with a moody, secluded Sith Lord who is also his newly found father. Vader has his own set of challenges to overcome, as he struggles to come to terms with his fatherhood.
length: complete at 15 chapters, 79,739 words
setting: when Luke is 11
s2m's comments: The saga continues! The author is certainly making her characters work for it, I must say. If things were easy, the fic would be boring, no? A solid continuation! ^^

Force Bond: Empire Day by KittandChips
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; none; G
author's summary: Set between Force Bond 2 and 3. (highlight to read) Luke's birthday unfortunately coincides with the day his father hates the most: Empire Day.
length: complete at 4 chapters, 22,018 words
setting: when Luke is 12
s2m's comments: This one made me laugh so much, I had to include it in my recslist. XD

Force Bond: Interactive Media by KittandChips
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Set between Force Bond 2 and 3. (highlight to read) Luke becomes obsessed with a HoloNet show, which stirs up memories his father would rather forget.
length: one-shot at 13,990 words
setting: when Luke is 13
s2m's comments: A touching story here. ^^

Force Bond: Social Trials by KittandChips
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama, and a dash of Adventure; none; G
author's summary: Set between Force Bond 2 and 3. (highlight to read) Vader decides it's time for Luke to learn a thing or two about mixing with the Imperial aristocracy, while Luke is struggling with his own sense of self identity.
length: complete at 6 chapters, 49,172 words
setting: when Luke is 13
s2m's comments: I consider this fic as proof that politics can be both terribly exciting and terribly boring. Heh.

Force Bond: Family by KittandChips
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; G
author's summary: Set between Force Bond 2 and 3. (highlight to read) Vader decides to make a dramatic change in Luke's life, after both of them are forced to confront deeply held fears.
length: complete at 14 chapters, 86,576 words
setting: when Luke is about 16
s2m's comments: Just when I was about to call this boring and move on, the plot took a left turn that sucked me back in. Be sure to stick out the slow beginning! You'll recognize the turn when you hit it. ^^

Force Bond 3: Son by KittandChips
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: (highlight to read) Third in the series of an AU where Luke is raised by Vader on Coruscant. Luke is getting older and struggling to come to terms with what awaits in the future.
length: complete at 15 chapters, 133,715 words
setting: when Luke is 17
s2m's comments: The interludes had their moments, but it's definitely good to return to the main Force Bond story! Things are really growing complicated in this installment.

Top 10%!!1! Shadows in Starlight by Vathara
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Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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To Turn to the Dark Side, Press Three by frodogenic
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Padme/Anakin; PG
author's summary: Anakin Skywalker discovers that the worst part about losing his arm is trying to convince the Republic Health Insurance Agency to pay for it. Because if anything will turn you to the Dar k Side, it's HMOs...
length: complete at 5 chapters, 14,091 words
setting: starts after the end of Episode II
s2m's comments: This fic had me in stitches through all 5 chapters. Completely hilarious and fun! Some of you may not be old enough to appreciate Anakin's troubles, but one day...you will be. *leans forward, voice ominous* You will be. XD

Walk Like Men by Kenya Starflight
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; G
author's summary: On his way to the Lars homestead, Obi-wan is ambushed and loses baby Luke. Luke is discovered and raised to adulthood... by Sandpeople.
length: complete at 27 chapters, 110,462 words
setting: AU before Episode IV begins
s2m's comments: The potential of this fic's unusual premise pulled me in, and I was not disappointed. I do wish the fic had explored more of the cultural shock that the characters would have experienced, but this is an action fic, not a drama. ^^; The fic starts off strong and lags some in the middle, but I was satisfied by the ending. This one did not over-use the crutch of following canon events that so often occurs in AU.

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Stargate (all versions)

Dragon King's Temple, The by Kryal
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Stardust by kikkimax
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Upon a Fiery Steed by Vathara
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Summer Wars

Summer Words by stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Kazuma/Kenji; G
author's summary: Kenji's favorite season? The more he thinks about it, the more his mind drifts to a favorite person instead.
length: one-shot at 3,260 words
setting: after the film
s2m's comments: A wonderfully sweet fanfic, given to us by an author who excels at delicate just-blooming love. I'm so lucky she wrote it for me!

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Suns#ine (by McKin1ey)

Gyre by Sister Coyote
genre/rating: Drama, PG-13
author's summary: It may be over, but it's never really over. And there's more to Sunshine's gifts than she sees.
length: one-shot at 7,044 words
setting: a couple months after the book's ending
s2m's comments: This fic is written in Suns#ine's POV, like the original book, and Sister Coyote has captured the main character's tone perfectly. The baking, the conflicted characters, and the disturbing wrongness that is C0n are all here. Magnificent!! XD I only wish the fic had been written for me. *wistful sigh* (Yes, the typos are deliberate to avoid search engine results.)

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Supernatural

Accompanist, The by gretazeta
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Dean/OMC; R
author's summary, shortened by s2m: Dean's talent for music is a secret he keeps from everybody. Stuck in a small town for the rest of the school year, Dean finds an unlikely confidant in an elderly Jewish man who’s haunted by his own secrets. Dean must come to terms with his own fears and desires in order to save the people he cares about the most. Dean/OMC, but not the elderly Jewish man.
length: complete at an intro and 5 chapters, 44,341 words
setting: Dean is 19, but you need to have watched through season 4
s2m's comments: This introspective fic captures the conflict felt by so many teenagers: to do what they want, or to do what they think they should. Beautifully written!

Devil Really Does Wear Prada, The by balefully
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Top 10%!!1! Dust in the Wind by lyra_wing
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Gay That It Is, The (Or: The Gayest Gen Story Ever) by gekizetsu
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Dean/Sam; PG
author's summary: Inappropriate crack. Dean gets another ‘idea’, and the cliches run rampant. Flamingly rampant.
length: one-shot at 3,240 words
setting: around season 2
s2m's comments: This charming little fic never fails to make me chuckle! An amusing combination of Gay Chicken and brotherly obstinance. Also plenty of witty banter and Dean scheming. Heh!

Old Country by astolat
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Old Gods Return, The by fleshflutter
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Dean/Sam; NC-17, incest, graphic sex, mpreg, dub-con
author's summary: The envelope is waiting for them behind the desk of the motel when they try to check out.
length: one-shot at 16,154 words
setting: somewhere in season three
s2m's comments: Sometimes, a story sticks with you. That's what happened with this one, and I finally decided it's really worth a rec, since I can't stop thinking about poor Dean and Sam in this story. The author's summary doesn't say much, so let me expand: Dean and Sam are lured to a small town to unknowingly assist in the old gods' return. Yeek.

Old Gods Return, The: Timestamp by fleshflutter
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R, mpreg
author's summary: Dean's a fighter.
length: one-shot at 901 words
setting: three months after The Old Golds Return
s2m's comments: Note to self: Never become pregnant with monster-of-evil baby! GHAAA! D:

Old Gods Return, The: Resolution by fleshflutter
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; R, mpreg
author's summary: They’re waiting for him when William tries to leave the University that night.
length: one-shot at 959 words
setting: nine months after The Old Golds Return
s2m's comments: I found this ending truly satisfactory. I'm glad I read the rest of the short series--pregnancy nightmares aside--because now I can put my mind to rest. Resolution, indeed! Thank you, author. ^^

Three Times Dean Winchester Was Not Possessed, This Never Happened, Let Us Never Speak of It Again by parenthetical
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; PG-13
author's summary: Sam had slowly developed the theory that Dean's amulet protected him from Full-On Evil, but at the price of drawing all kinds of Fucked-Up Weirdness straight to him.
length: one-shot at 2,813 words
setting: before the 3rd season
s2m's comments: Here's a fun, light-hearted fic perfect for a laugh. ^^ I'd love to see these as episodes, particularly the last possession. *waggles eyebrows*

untitled by brakes
genre; ship; rating: Comedy fan comic; Castiel/Dean; R
author's summary: oh Dean you can’t hide it
length: complete at 4 big panels
setting: sometime after season 4, no spoilers beyond that
s2m's comments: Hahahahha! That last panel is fabulous. XD

When Summoning, Please Watch the Wording by Ryuuza Kochou
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Tangled

Four Things that Weren't Adequately Covered in Mulan's R.A. Training by NaomiK
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Star Princesses of Long Ago and Far Away by fresne
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Tantei Gakuen Q

Ink is Thicker Than Blood by Stariceling
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Not a Comfortable Chair by Stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Hongou/Nanami; PG
author's summary: Hongou is having trouble settling in to his new office, and Nanami is no help at all.
length: one-shot at 1,370 words
setting: after Hongou-sensei has entered the story
s2m's comments: I have a thing for rivalry pairings, though with these two it's less rivalry and more how they get on each other's nerves. X3

Top 10%!!1! Winter Cold by stariceling
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: What would have happened if Anubis had convinced Ryu to come back with him?
length: one-shot at 3,700 words
setting: AU from about half-way through the anime
s2m's comments: This fic is beautiful, and the winter imagery is expertly used to convey Ryuu's emotions. I particularly admire how the author has changed the friendship between Ryuu and Kyuu to something darker, keeping them connected but in a painful way. The spot of humor is a great moment, too. ^^

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Teahouse

Sprinkles & Cream by torch
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; everyone/everyone; R
author's summary: It's a very popular place. Everybody comes there.
length: one-shot at 7,350 words
setting: after chapter 3
s2m's comments: Who knew Rory losing his plate of cupcakes could start such an amusing turn of events? The entire cast of Teahouse through chapter 3 makes an appearance, because truly that brothel has an undeniable gravitational pull. *laughs* Ahhh, the cupcakes!

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Teen Wolf

Alexandrian Solution, The by Bexless
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, PWP; Derek/Stiles; NC-17 graphic (and hilarious) sex
author's summary: "I accept your body!" Stiles says hurriedly. "I accept you. Sexually." There is a pause. Derek says, "Thanks."
s2m's more helpful summary: Derek and Stiles are equally surprised by Derek's newest side-effect of werewolfdom, and they figure out what do with it. *genteel koff*
length: one-shot at 5,317
setting: Vaguely first season, I think
s2m's comments: When I couldn't stop laughing, I knew I had to rec this, embarrassing sex trope and all. It's just SO FUNNY! XD And the ending is sweet and made me d'awww, too. :3

Boy and the Beast, The by Dira Sudis (dsudis)
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama, Romance; Derek/Stiles; NC-17 graphic sex
author's summary: In which events in Beacon Hills go rather differently from the start, and a Beauty and the Beast (ish) story ensues. (Scott is not a teacup and no one sings about their feelings.)
length: complete at 7 chapters, 116,686 words
setting: AU from before canon's start, I think
s2m's comments: I read this as original fic, since I have never seen an ep of Teen wolf and have no idea who anyone is or how they normally behave. And as an original story, I quite liked it! The h/c scenes are gripping, the emotions all feel real, and I found this a satisfying read. The plotty ending is a bit rushed, but it still worked. This is a fine fic to take your first toe-dip into the fandom. C:

Sum of Its Parts, The series: Coming Undone by KouriArashi
genre; ship; rating: Drama; side Allison/Scott; PG-13 off-screen torture
author's summary: Stiles deals with the aftermath of being abducted by Peter Hale and left for dead. It's harder than he would have thought to accept his place in the pack when he's convinced that he's the 'weak one' and can't protect himself. Fortunately, Scott and Sheriff Stilinski are there to help, and to nag Derek until he helps, too.
length: complete at 11 chapters, 57,618 words
setting: begins in the middle 1st season finale
s2m's comments: An engrossing AU! I, too, expected Peter to shove Stiles into the trunk and leave him there. This fic is a satisfying sojourn down that possibility! The agony of Stiles' time in trunk is gripping and done horribly well. All the hurt/comfort and bed-sharing and hugging is a lovely balm! This fic is first in very long series I have yet to read more of, but I plan to! Wait to finish the fic before checking out its related works--there's a major spoiler in the linked pic!

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Thor

King and the Fallen Prince, The by Fourticktock
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Road to Nowhere by Lise
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; none; G
author's summary: When Loki turns up demanding Thor's help on a quest to retrieve the All-Mother from Valhalla, Thor isn't about to say no. But that doesn't mean he's forgotten anything, and what better time than a road trip through the backwaters of the universe for trying to talk things out?
length: one-shot at 37,722 words
setting: after the second Thor movie: The Dark World
s2m's comments: Here is a beautiful adventure drama where Thor and Loki work through their problems and accept each other. Sort of. (Family, amirite? Heh!) This fic is an engaging quest to save their mother. I would definitely read a sequel! Don't let the tumblr-esque tags turn you away, it's a good read. ^^

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Tiger & Bunny

Dum Spiro, Spero by squeequeg
genre; ship; rating: Drama; ship is spoilery: Barnaby, Keith, Kotetsu; G
author's summary: Things go wrong on a HeroTV rescue mission. Fortunately, all Keith has to do is keep breathing. Simple, really.
length: one-shot at 4,916 words
setting: after the series
s2m's comments: This fic lets us see the world through Keith's rather different POV, and has a sweet ending that clinched me to rec it. *hugs for all the characters*

Embers Upon Hearth by takadainmate
genre; ship; rating: Drama; vaguely Barnaby/Kotetsu, but seems more close friendship; G
author's summary: After the last battle, Barnaby tries to find a place for himself in a world where he is no longer a hero and Kotetsu is no longer his partner.
length: one-shot at 7,276 words
setting: after the series
s2m's comments: This touching fic made me so happy for Barnaby and Kotetsu! I am a complete sucker for found family, and this fic delivers. Warm fuzzies for everyone! \O/

Top 10%!!1! Importance of Distinguishing Punctuation, The by Kantayra
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Barnaby/Kotetsu; G
author's summary: Behind the scenes at the shooting for the NC 1979 Tiger/Barnaby Calendar.
length: one-shot at 2,636 words
setting: early in the series
s2m's comments: This short fic is so hilarious I can't help but rec it. I can perfectly imagine each of those calendar shots. *cracks up* Poor Kotetsu...and poor Barnaby, too!

Queen's Peace, The by celsius
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Brands change. Heroes remain the same.
length: one-shot at 4,921 words
setting: a few years after canon
s2m's comments: Not your usual T&B fic, here! This fic focuses on Karina and Pao Lin's careers, rather than their respective love lives. A fascinating change! The author put some thought as to what might happen to the two women a few years after canon, and I enjoyed reading about it very much, along with the satisfying resolution. Yeah!

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Torchwood

Handler by copperbadge
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Toy Story

To The Rescue by OpheliaRising
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Under the Table and Dreaming by hollycomb
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Andy/Sid, side FOC/MOC; R
author's summary: Andy met Sid when he was four years old, and while some things change, a lot of things stay the same.
length: complete at 10 chapters, 103,361 words
setting: before, through, and after all 3 films
s2m's comments: A gripping saga of Andy and Sid's lives, from early childhood through their 50s. It's realistic in that everything isn't perfect, but the good events outweigh the bad. C: The switch to outsider POV was rather jarring, but it grew on me! Especially in the last chapter. Wow. A solid read, with interesting lives for our two neighborhood kids. C:

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Transformers

All In The Job by Flamedancer33
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: 07-MV-- Dear Agent Simmons: Welcome to Psychoville, home to paranoid security officers, tempermental spies, and the average conspiracy theorist, population Too Many To Count And One More, Including You.
length: abandoned WIP at 21 chapters, 60,846 words
setting: after the first live-action movie, with characters from the various cartoons added. I've never watched beyond the live-action films and I was fine, with google's help. C:
s2m's comments: This hilarious comedy fic kept me laughing all the way through. Beleaguered and snarky Simmons trying to keep the more rambunctious bots in line is glorious. Also his adorable friendship with Bluestreak. <3 Awww, he doesn't hate them all! :DDD Note that the scene dividers are missing--no doubt eaten by FF.net at some point. Still a great read, even with the jarring unmarked scene changes! ^^

Dance to Remember, A by Cyndi
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Mikaela/Optimus Prime, Mikaela/Sam; PG-13
author's summary: Suddenly, she found herself glad she never made it to the prom.
length: one-shot at 9,606 words
setting: during Mikaela and Sam's senior prom, written after the first movie
s2m's comments: I was a bit leery of this fic, but when I did read it, I found it touching and bittersweet. I loved how the author chose to show Mikaela and Optimus' physical and emotional intimacy. Even the infidelity issue is handled with grace. Beatifully done!

Format by Luki Dimension
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: MOVIEVERSE Bumblebee goes to the cliff to find a young sparkling, and remembers the incident that brought it into being. No pairings
length: complete at 15 chapters, 43,047 words
setting: after movie 1 ends
s2m's comments: What the summary doesn't tell you is that the sparkling in question is actually Sam turned into an Autobot. XD An intriguing idea (to me, anyway) that is well-written and engaging. This fic does have some grammar problems, but they mostly clear up in later chapters.

Learning Curve by The Moonless Night
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary: Movieverse The Autobots, warriors turned refugees, hide on earth in plain sight. Can they learn to get along with their new human neighbors, or will they ultimately be revealed by simple misunderstandings?
length: complete at 16 chapters, 41,121 words
setting: after movie 1 ends
s2m's comments: A light-hearted and fun fic; even the dramatic moments aren't really dramatic. ^^ Chapter 13 won me over. Heeeee!

Night Drive by onefishjyuufish
genre; ship; rating: Romance; Bumblebee/Mikaela/Sam; R
author's summary: no official one, so here's mine: Bumblebee takes Sam and Mikaela for a drive and shares their experience in his back seat.
length: one-shot at 811 words
setting: after the movie 1 ends
s2m's comments: Um...I feel like a total voyeur after reading this. It really is a fascinating point of view, and done very well. Oh my... *fans herself*

untitled by crimsonclad
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Bumblebee/Ironhide; PG-13
author's summary: no official one, so here's mine: Bumblebee isn't sure what he will become if he joins in with Ironhide, but desire is too strong to be denied.
length: one-shot at 800 words
setting: some point during movie 1
s2m's comments: I've never given much thought to how all those Transformers slash fics might handle the logistics of sex...particularly how this author chose to solve the problem. I couldn't stop laughing. XD Oh my!

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Treasure Planet

Articles of War, The by Gramarye
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: Nasty business, but I won't bore you with my scars. (Or, a formative incident in Amelia's service with the interstellar fleet.)
length: one-shot at 3,131 words
setting: before the film
s2m's comments: This fic is remarkable for its chilling portrayal of the hard descisions we've all had to face at some point--though hopefully ones that don't inflict the price of this one. *wince* The author has a talent with words, and delicately handles a gruesome subject. I've read a fair amount of TP fic, and this one does two things that stand out for me: first, it's gen fic about Amerlia, and second, it both acknowledges and embraces that most of the populace of the TP universe are aliens. As Jim would say, "Cool." ^^

Rooftop by Team Bonet
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: Set three years after the events in Treasure Planet. Making use of an old antenna, Jim enlists B.E.N.'s aid in the hopes of contacting Silver.
length: one-shot at 7,342 words
setting: right before Jim graduates from the Academy
s2m's comments: A touching drama, and my fave from Team Bonet's Treasure Planet goodfic stash.

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Twilight

Are You There, God? It's Me, Edward by dollsome
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Bella/Edward; PG
author's summary: In which it is a certain time of the month for Bella, and even Edward Cullen has trouble being a gentleman sometimes.
length: one-shot at 2,197 words
setting: in book1
s2m's comments: Crass, cracky, and completely hilarious! XD Come on, we've all wondered how Edward would react to this event. Ms. Meyer took the easy route and hand-waved the problem, but thankfully we have fanfic to fill in the blanks. Glorious, raunchy, yes it went there fic. BAHAHAHHA!! Oh man, that last exchange of dialogue...

Condemned by That Vintage Dress
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Claire/Quil; PG-13
author's summary: Finally you cry because you know that you will never escape from loving him. A different kind of Quil/Claire story.
length: one-shot at 3,553 words
setting: beginning when Claire is three years old, spoilers for book3
s2m's comments: Imprinting seems held in general good regard by fans, but this fic shows the darker potential. The creepiest thing for me is the emotions involved. Gaah! D=

Head Trip: Twilight Sucks by Shinga
genre; ship; rating: Comedy fan comic; Bella/Edward; G
author's summary, shortened by s2m: I read the whole book. It sucks.
length: one-shot
setting: book 1
s2m's comments: *laughs* I think pretty much everyone who doesn't care for Twilight canon has seen this, but JIC, here is my rec. :D

Movement of the Earth, The by audreyii_fic
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bella/Jacob; R
author's summary: Jacob imprints on Bella. It changes things. A re-write of New Moon, beginning on page 242 in Chapter 10: "The Meadow."
length: complete at 17 chapters, 87,378 words
setting: AU from book 2, chapter 10
s2m's comments: I read this wanting a Team Jacob triumphant story, and ended up not only with that, but with a fascinating window into what it's like to change your writing style to someone else's--and a bad one, at that. Intentionally written in SMeyer's voice...but with intelligence. And really amusing author's notes. ^^

Fire of the Sun by audreyii_fic and Mera Naam Joker
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Bella/Jacob; R
author's summary: Sequel to The Movement of the Earth. Bella finds the cost of joining the supernatural world may be higher than she can pay.
length: complete at 18 chapters and an epilogue, 56,990 words
setting: follows from Movement of the Earth
s2m's comments: Imagine my pleasure when, despite much assurances from the author that a sequel would NEVER HAPPEN, a bunny attacked her (quite literally!) and here we are. :D Audreyii_fic handles the pack mind very very well. She (sort of) parallels canon in a satisfying way, but makes the story completely her own and pretty much blasts canon out of the water. Mera Naam Joker did a great job writing the last 2/3rds of the fic, and I salute them both. ^^

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Under the Dome (the novel by Stephen King)

One To Keep Him Breathing, The by Bette
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG-13
author's summary: Ten years later, Ollie Dinsmore is surprised to find former PFC Ames outside his door.
length: one-shot at 1,733 words
setting: after the end of the book
s2m's comments: Quiet and poignant. *sniffles* I hope poor Ollie has a happier life...

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Vampirates (by Jones)

Need and Murphy's Law after it, both on the same page, by ranty_rie
genre; ship; rating: Need: Drama; Clyde/Murphy; R. Murphy's Law: Comedy; none; PG
author's summary: Need - Written because of a little theory I have, to reconcile vampires’ sensualist nature in lore creatures with Jones’ vamps, simply by adding a bit of hormonal overwork in there. Part of the disease, you know. Yeah. Please don't kill me. Murphy, really, please don't kill me.
author's summary: Murphy's Law - I don't doubt Murphy's ability to reach a bar first thing on land, I just can see Clyde being... Clyde. Silly, short, crack-y.
length: two one-shots, around 1500 words combined
setting: Need - not too long after Clyde's change. Murphy's Law - just before canon page 162
s2m's comments: How fortunate for me that the one bit of Vampirates fic I've found happens to be goodfic as well. Heeee. <3 Need is toe-curling and sweet, Murphy's Law is full of awwwws and Murphy teasing. *giggle*

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World Trigger

Family Lost, Family Found (Plus One) by slr2moons
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; pre-Arashiyama/Tachikawa; PG-13
author's summary: Arashiyama Jun and his squad meet a new and nasty Neighbor on their first away mission to the Neighborhood. Jun's soul is broken, but a new friend helps piece him back together.
length: one-shot at 18,381 words
setting: after chapter 42/the battle over Yuma's black trigger
s2m's comments: Don't have to know canon, here! :D Action-packed and creepifying are the best words to describe this fic. ^^ It's also fascinating to watch the MC's slow wearing down, break, and building back up again. A solid action story with great personal drama and a touch of pre-slash--or close friendship, if you prefer. *wink*

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xxxHolic

Cost of a Wish, The by slashscribe
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Eat Your Heart Out by rageprufrock
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Doumeki/Watanuki; PG-13
author's summary: On Wednesday, Doumeki had a bento box with flowers on it.
length: one-shot at 4,787 words
setting: in the first third of the series
s2m's comments: I laughed all the way through this fic! I can just see Watanuku flail about, screeching, Doumeki with his fingers in his years, waiting for Watanuki to be quiet so he can eat. Haha! XD This fic also has one of the most appropriate titles I've ever come across. *thumbs up*

fair market value by lazulisong
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Open to Interpretation by Madhumalati
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Doumeki/Watanuki; G
author's summary: Why Doumeki thinks Watanuki's words are untrustworthy, and the quality of his lunches so important. Shounenai, kinda. Also rambly.
length: one-shot at 721 words
setting: post meeting Doumeki, pre spider web incident
s2m's comments: I never considered the import of Watanuki's lunches in this way, but I definitely like it! Eeeheehee!

Top 10%!!1! Professor's Wife, The by foolish_mortal
genre; ship; rating: Drama; Doumeki/Watanuki; PG-13
author's summary: The students all said that Professor Doumeki had a wife who made him lunches and impeccably pressed his shirts. Watanuki found this hilarious. For the wtfholic fest prompt: "The only people who can see Watanuki are customers with wishes."
length: complete at 11 chapters, 56,217 words
setting: splits from canon in volume 18
s2m's comments: This fic is an amazing exploration of Watanuki and Doumeki's relationship, and how Watanuki's new role affects their lives together. Completely beautiful! This fic is satisfying in a way I found lacking from the canon ending. I'm tempted to call it "fix-it fic". ^^ I was quite astonished to learn this was written for a fest prompt. It's amazing what some authors can do with a simple prompt!!

Skipholic by kashudoreineko
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Year of the Dragon by peroxidepest17
genre; ship; rating: Angst, Drama; a little Doumeki/Watanuki, even less FOC/Doumeki; PG
author's summary: Ten years of frozen time is more than enough.
length: one-shot at 2,774 words
setting: Just before the final volume
s2m's comments: What draws me to this fic is how Doumeki is the one stuck in time, unable to live life, and how wonderful it is when he breaks free. I've always felt sad for him, and this fic helps with that. I just wish we knew more about the contents of that egg from the Count! X3

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Yamato Nadeshiko Shichi Henge (Perfect Girl Evolution; Wallflower)

Killer Role, A by ninemuses
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Yami no Matsuei (Descendants of Darkness)

Top 10%!!1! Ouran Academy Guest Lecturers Series by peroxidepest17
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Young Wizards (by Diane Duane)

Five Things Tom and Carl Did in College (In the First Semester Alone) by Gray Shadows (the_afterlight)
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Carl/Tom; G
author's summary: His grandfather is laughing, sitting on Carl's new dorm room bed, while Carl tries to hide his Manual among the fantasy books on the shelf above his desk. When Carl asks, "What's so funny?" his grandfather just laughs harder.
length: one-shot at 5,553 words
setting: before the series begins, with a flash to sometime after. Having read book 1 is enough, though!
s2m's comments: An amusing fic, that had me giggling and wishing I could meet these two. Heehee! :D

Knew you at all by ilyena-sylph (ilyena_sylph) and Katarik
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Resolution by NightsMistress
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; Kit/Ronan; PG
author's summary, slightly shortened: When Kit receives a message to rescue Ronan from what would be near-certain death, he didn't expect his sister to be the one to rescue them, becoming intimately involved in a wizard's Ordeal, or that his personal life would become much more complicated. Perhaps he should have.
length: one-shot at 12,363 words
setting: some time after the Mars book
s2m's comments: Here's a rousing adventure with a little romantic subplot for you! I love Carmela. She's so badass. XD

Sturdy Foundation, A by strix_alba
genre; ship; rating: Drama; side Nita/Kit; G
author's summary: Nita returns to the library where it all began...
length: one-shot at 3,602 words
setting: A few years after the Mars book, updated with modern technology
s2m's comments: D'awwww! Such a sweet fic! It makes me wish I could talk with my childhood library. *sniffle* The persnickety library is perfect. C:

Top 10%!!1! Wizards in Winter by vibishan
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Zoolander

maybe there's a word for it by Febricant
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; Hansel/Zoolander, Hansel/Matilda/Zoolander; PG-13
author's summary: Derek Zoolander makes a comeback.
length: one-shot at 3,823 words
setting: after the first film
s2m's comments: This fic is completely adorable! The author did an amazing job, telling a story through poor Zoolander's dumb-as-a-post POV, while still keeping the plot clear. Great job! It has some delightful Zoolander-esque turns of phrases, too. The dragons! The triangle! Great stuff, and a very fun read. ^^V

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Zootopia

Top 10%!!1! taxanomic rank by Humanities_Handbag
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary: "When I look at a person, I see a person - not a rank, not a class, not a title." -Criss Jami; a collection of oneshots about fighting the odds of nature's ranks for friendship and coming out on top.
length: WIP at 6 chapters, 78,258 words
setting: before, during, and after the film
s2m's comments: This beautifully written long fic explores Judy and Nick's friendship in a variety of situations and developments. Each chapter can stand as its own fic, and I would rec them all! XD Note the early chapters were written before the movie was released and were subsequently jossed. They're still quite enjoyable, even so! I was truly impressed by the author's worldbuilding, too! This author has a lovely writing style, even with the odd homonym switchup. ^^

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s2m's Online Reading Recs!

This is for original writings that are available online.

Prose

CATS: let’s talk about housecats and how fucking weird they are evolutionarily/anthropologically by koryos
genre; ship; rating: nonfiction with a touch of comedy; cat/human *snicker*; PG-13
author's summary: like who thought it was a good idea to have tiny malicious predators in our homes anyways????? (not us actually) are they even domesticated????!!!?? (yes) do they even feel LOVE???????!!? (yes)
length: one-shot at 3,987 words
setting: 10,000 BC to the present
s2m's comments: A fascinating write-up about cats! It's easy to follow and completely interesting. I did NOT know that about the tail. Cool. C:

Clone-Wrangler's Bride, The by Camille Alexa
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; FOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: No official one, so allow me: Matty Johnson is sent to Mars with her android escort Echo 3000 and her dowry for an arranged marriage. Unfortunately, the ship crashes. Practical Matty decides to walk to her future home, and Echo continues in his protective function.
length: one-shot at 5,990 words
setting: Mars in the future, with a definite Western influence
s2m's comments: A true space western, complete with hoaky accent and sweet story. ^^

Droidtown Blues by Camille Alexa
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Comedy; FOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: No official one, so allow me: (highlight to read) Matty and Echo have made their way to Dometown IX, but Echo realizes something is off.
length: one-shot at 6,115 words
setting: Mars in the future, with a definite Western influence, a week or so after Clone-Wrangler's Bride
s2m's comments: Sequel yay! This time told from Echo's point of view.

Curtains Are Monogamous by sheldrake
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; curtains/curtains; G
author's summary: Here is my story about curtains in love.
length: one-shot at 1,641 words
setting: A regular guy's flat.
s2m's comments: This fic is so fun and sweet! If you need a pick-me-up, I prescribe this story! ^^V

Devil and the Cowboy Will, The by Parhelion
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; MOC/MOC; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary: Will never imagined what could happen when he side-kicked a Creep like Cole.
length: one-shot at 32,583 words
setting: Hollywood in 1932
s2m's comments: I had a silly smile on my face all through this story! I've always been fascinated by the movie-making process, which only made this well-written tale that much more interesting! The 1930s attitudes toward gay public displays of affection are sobering, but I am glad the author did not pretend things were different then. This is a lovely story and definitely worth a read.

Entitlement Issues by Neil Gaiman
genre; ship; rating: non-fiction; none; PG
author's summary: No official one, so here's the famous snippet: George R.R. Martin is not your bitch.
length: one-shot at 1,279 words
setting: May 9th, 2009
s2m's comments: This blog post should be required reading for all impatient fans waiting for the next novel in a series or the next "chappie" in fic. I cheered when I read this entry the day he posted it. OMGYES. Start reading at the bolded section.

Top 10%!!1! Flaming Marshmallow and Other Deaths by Camille Alexa
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary, shortened a bit by s2m: I look at the calendar hanging on the wall above my bed. This is what I’ve been waiting for all these months. All these years, I guess, though before my friends started getting theirs, it didn’t seem like such a big deal. We were all No-Knows then. Tomorrow, I’m finally going to feel like I belong. Tomorrow, I’m going to find out how I die.
length: one-shot at around 3,250 words
setting: modern world with a twist
s2m's comments: My favorite short story by this author! How delightfully morbid, and the main character reads so true to life! NOTE: this story is not printed anywhere online. My link is to the official podcast. Give it a try, this one is worth the effort!

Frank-In-Love by Aggy Bird/Mz Watson
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; MOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: A modern day romance between monsters. Well, sort of. Slash, MM.
length: one-shot at 19,464 words
setting: the modern, real word with a supernatural twist
s2m's comments: If you need something light and fun, then I prescribe this story. I laughed through the whole thing, and even cheered a bit. ^^ The ending is super-sappy and makes this a definite mood uplifter! XD

God Eaters, The by Jesse Hajicek a.k.a. Chartreuse
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Romance; MOC/MOC; R
author's summary: Imprisoned for 'inflammatory writings' by the totalitarian Theocracy, shy intellectual Ashleigh Trine figures his story's over. But when he meets Kieran Trevarde, a hard-hearted gunslinger with a dark magic lurking in his blood, Ash finds that necessity makes strange heroes...and love can change the world.
length: complete at 33 chapters, ~110,000 words
setting: Old West magic AU
s2m's comments: This story is completely carried by the two main characters, who are well-written, engaging, flawed, and believable. The world is interesting to explore, and I love the idea of magic in a spaghetti western setting. :3

How a TV Show Episode Gets Written - A PSA by Eric Stirpe
genre; ship; rating: non-fiction; writers/show executives (heh); G
author's summary: an excerpt: What I started to notice was that there was a trend of blaming the writers for the problems that fans are having with the show or the direction it’s going, or for ‘baiting’ the fans in various ways, so as a screenwriter working in the industry I wanted to clear up a few misconceptions and notions about how a TV show episode gets written.
length: one-shot at 1,441 words
setting: Hollywood 2013
s2m's comments: Fascinating! It's a wonder tv shows aren't even more convoluted and missing things! O.o

How to Talk to Girls at Parties by Neil Gaiman
genre; ship; rating: Drama; FOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: "Come on," said Vic. "It'll be great." "No, it won't," I said, although I'd lost this fight hours ago, and I knew it. "It'll be brilliant," said Vic, for the hundredth time. "Girls! Girls! Girls!" He grinned with white teeth.
length: one-shot at 5,097 words
setting: London in the mid '70s, I think
s2m's comments: I enjoy stories told from a POV so different from my own, and Mr. Gaiman's creativity shines in this short story. It was a Hugo '07 nominee, no less!

I Know by Unsavoury Flavour
genre; ship; rating: Drama; MOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: And such a wistful gaze it is, it’s full of hope that, you know, will never be fulfilled and the sad longing. Only a sliver of it, can I see in your eyes. It captivates me, it truly does.
length: one-shot at 997 words
setting: High School, or rather its equivalent in Australia. :B
s2m's comments: *cries* Short and powerful. A real killer ending. T.T

Mind Fuck by Manna Francis
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Suspense; MOC/MOC; NC-17, graphic sex, BDSM, graphic violence, dub-con. Yeah, this one lives up to its title...
author's summary, shortened by s2m: There are no bad guys or good guys. There are only better guys and worse guys. One of the worse guys is Val Toreth. One of the better guys is Keir Warrick. Toreth and Warrick are more natural enemies than allies. But mutual attraction and the fight for survival can create unlikely bonds.
length: complete at 31 chapters, 108,766 words
setting: a dark future dystopia of New London with a touch of sci-fi
s2m's comments: Take a gripping murder mystery, add in a healthy dollop of corporate espionage, garnish it with a man who enjoys other men, and this novel is the result. ^^ I am pleased to rec this first installment of The Administration Series here, and grateful that the author has kindly arranged with her publisher to leave it online!

No Hero Manual Included by Ogiwara Saki
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; MOC/MOC; NC-17, graphic sex
author's summary, shortened: The problem in most fairy tales is real estate. I'm being serious here. I knew this well because my humble little musical instrument shop happened to be across the street from Hero's Square, where all the returning heroes paraded around after their victories, drawing crowds and vendors and chubby-cheeked babies.
length: complete at 19,011 words
setting: classic fairy-tale world--sarcasm included
s2m's comments: This is a delightful and fun story, written with energy and an obvious love for the genre of both fairy tales and slash. A joy to read! Great if you need a pick-me-up, too. ^^V

Old-Fashioned Unicorn's Guide to Courtship, An by Sarah Rees Brennan
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; FOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: can't be found, so... s2m's more descriptive summary: Alicia is an average princess who is worried about earning her qualifications for Queenship. Her unicorn chaperone, Ethel, seems singularly unconcerned. The only solution is a quest! (Bring your own accountant.)
length: one-shot at 8,480 words
setting: a parody of classic fantasy and girl-power tropes that doesn't take itself too seriously
s2m's comments: Fun and amusing! I love the idea of a unicorn wearing a pince-nez.

Spliced by flighty-dreams
genre; ship; rating: Drama; MOC/MOC; NC-17, graphic sex, BDSM, graphic violence
author's summary: In a world where clones are created and sold as commodities, Matt Muldane can't resist purchasing an intriguing slave.
length: stalled WIP at 52 chapters, 264,705 words
setting: sci-fi in space, but with no aliens
s2m's comments: This enjoyable story is completely character-driven, which explains why I like it. :D The first section is very heavy on the slave fic, but that changes as the story continues. All the characters are individuals and engaging, moreso than you can often find in published work! The slavery aspects can be somewhat uncomfortable, but it does all have a point. Definitely worth reading! Use the index rather than the next chapter links, as the links aren't complete and skip the intervals.

Ten Weird Things by Matthew Haldeman-Time
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; MOC/MOC; R
author's summary: Charles is vegisexual. Shana licks pizza. Eric's new roommate David may be the most normal thing in his life.
length: one-shot at 11,548 words
setting: modern American college
s2m's comments: A fun roommates story that had me snickering all the way through. An easy and satisfying read!

They're Made Out of Meat by Terry Bisson
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; none; G
author's summary can't be found, so I think a quote is best this time: "They're made out of meat." "Meat?" "There's no doubt about it. We picked up several from different parts of the planet, took them aboard our recon vessels, and probed them all the way through. They're completely meat."
length: one-shot at 815 words
setting: doesn't matter! :D
s2m's comments: I alllmost didn't google for this story when the rec I found for it had a bad link, but I am SO GLAD I DID. I started snickering in the first couple paragraphs, then laughed all the way through. XD

this is not a chick flick by yuletide_archivist
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; Persephone/Hades; R
author's summary: In which Hades awkwardly tries to woo Persephone to his side, while the Olympian gods offer unhelpful advice and prove they know nothing about love.
length: one-shot at 8,092 words
setting: The Underworld and Mount Olympus. Heh!
s2m's comments: I do love when an author surprises me with an expecteded twist on a tired theme, and bookesque's take on old-school mythology is a delight. Heee!

Turn of the Story, The by Sarah Rees Brennan
genre; ship; rating: Drama; OFC/OMF, OMC/OMC; PG
author's summary: ...the story of the grouchiest kid in fantasyland. It follows Elliot from thirteen to seventeen, and it is a story about fantasy lands and the horrors we don’t talk about in them, and the horrors we carry about inside ourselves, and also the hilarious things possible in a magic land and the beauty of friendship, I hope.
length: complete at 12 parts, 114,569 words
setting: mostly in a (sort of) high fantasy world, with glimpses of our modern one
s2m's comments: A delightful tale from one of my favorite authors! Sarah is fantastic at turning tropes on their ears, and making me fall in love with her characters, and trying to figure out who will end up with who--or anyone!--is a large part of the fun! A delightful read. To be fair, the story leaves a few open ends, as it is a prequel to a published short story named "Wings in the Morning", available in an anthology titled "Monstrous Affections".

Underlying by magalina
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; OMC/OMC; R
author's summary: Mark and Sandy hated each other. So when Mark accidentally hit Sandy with his car - which was totally not his fault - they were not exactly thrilled to be forced to spend all their time together. Well, at least Mark wasn't.
length: complete at 34 chapters, 108,533 words
setting: present day somewhere in the US
s2m's comments: A delightful (very!) slow build fic, as all that angry UST gradually works its way to being expressed in a somewhat healthier manner. *grin* One of the big draws of this fic for me was how volatile the MC is. He has a short temper, almost never thinks before he acts, and reads so very much like an angst-filled troubled teen. Every supporting character is well-established and beautifully written. A truly great read that kept me captivated until 7 AM!

Top 10%!!1! Worm by wildbow
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; mostly gen, but side FOC/MOF, OFC/OFC/, and OMC/OMC; NC-17 graphic violence, torture, off-screen non-con
author's summary, shortened: An introverted teenage girl with an unconventional superpower, Taylor goes out in costume to find escape. She is thrusted into the midst of the local ‘cape’ scene’s politics, unwritten rules, and ambiguous morals.
length: complete at a massive ~1,680,000 words
setting: modern world AU
s2m's comments: This epic is overwhelming. The scope of events, the wordbuilding, the thought given to a huge cast of characters, their backgrounds and motivations...I can't go on enough about just how much this story impressed me. Not once was I burned out, I read every day to find out what happened next. The best thing I can do is mark it as my top 10%. ^^ The one drawback for this story is the lack of recurring character reminders. If a person was mentioned 10 chapters ago in one scene, you are expected to remember them from their first name alone. The site does have a character index, but it is far from complete. Otherwise, I wouldn't change a thing!! Magnificent.

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Webcomics and online comics/manga

Amanda Green: Superhuman Insurance Agent by Thelen, Ramirez, Barros, and King
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; FOC/MOC, side MOC/MOC, FOC/FOC; PG-13
author's summary, exceedingly shortened: A webcomic about the people superheroes protect. Namely, it’s about Amanda Green, who is a Superhuman Insurance Agent. She lives in the fictional city of New Romford, and it is just filled with superpeople.
length: WIP at ~210 pages
setting: modern-day USA
s2m's comments: What I enjoy about this webcomic is the focus on the characters. This is truly a drama more than an adventure story! Watching the relationships develop between the cast, and seeing the characters grow and change, is lovely. I also get a kick out of the parallels between these original superheroes and the ones we know of IRL. ^^ A satisfying read, with enjoyable art by three separate women. No cantalope-breasts here! :D

Boy and the Prince, The by mira (vioectrolysis)
genre; ship; rating: Romance; MOC/MOC; G
author's summary: No official one again, so here's my version: A sweet prince watches the townspeople below his tower with content, until a baker's boy catches his eye.
length: complete at around ~80 panels
setting: vaguely Victorian
s2m's comments: Beautiful line art, minimalist style, and type placement make this lovely comic powerful and engrossing. I must salute the creator!

Boy Meets Boy by Sandra Fuhr
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance, Comedy; MOC/MOC; R
author's summary: No official one, so allow me: Harley and Mik are a couple of guys very much in love...very unlike their circle of friends, who run the gamut of crushes, affairs, one-sided longing, desperation, and being manipulative and yet glorious bastards.
length: complete at 361 pages
setting: somewhere in the US, starting in mid 2000
s2m's comments: This was one of the first webcomics, and one of the first gay romance ones, too! The art is slow to improve, and the early strips are very episodic, but it's definitely worth sticking out. I suggest you at least read a couple weeks past the first set of guest art pages. You must meet Tybalt, for he is awesome. XD (that really is the first page of the comic, it isn't a move notice!)

Candi - A College Story by Starline Hodge
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; FOC/MOC, MOC/MOC; R
author's summary: Candi is a comic about college roommates learning how to become adults, starring a naive fine art major and her telepathic ferret.
length: WIP at 1,734 pages
setting: present-day Florida
s2m's comments: This charming webcomic pulled me right from the start. The characters are engaging and the stories are fun! Candi's pissy art prof is my favorite. XD

Captain Estar Goes to Heaven by Winston Rowntree
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; R, graphic violence
author's summary, shortened a bit by s2m: Shirley Estar has somehow ended up as an assassin for hire in a grim future society. The pay sucks but is only one of her many problems. One day she corners a guy who tells her an unbelievable secret.
length: complete at 170 pages
setting: the future, in space that's more like Firefly's gritty version than Star Trek's glossy or Star Wars' romantic ones.
s2m's comments: Don't let the stark opening page drive you away. This book sucked me in and to be honest, I'm not sure why. I'm still trying to figure out how I feel about the ending. Huh. I like how the story isn't all sunshine and predictable daisies. Don't read if you're looking to laugh. O.o

Cucumber Quest by Gigi Digi
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; G
author's summary: Cucumber Quest is a comic about bunny kids going on adventures and having fun.
length: WIP at 509 pages
setting: a magical world that's like a cross between Candyland and Wonderland
s2m's comments: This comic is worth reading for both the fun story and the adorable art! The artist's style is quite unusual, and her knowledge of color theory is clearly shown. If you want something different and light, this one's worth a read!

Top 10%!!1! DMFA: Dan and Mab's Furry Adventures by Amber M. Panyko
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Adventure, Romance, a little Drama; FOC/MOC, MOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: Welcome to DMFA, home to Dan and Mab and others of the cast, all in the magical land of Furrae, where anything can happen. Along with all their friends, there never seems to be a dull moment for these two.
length: WIP at 1,794 pages, including the side stories
setting: Fantasy world where humans are mythical creatures
s2m's comments: This webcomic has a certain charm to it that sucked me in from the first few pages. Don't let the anthro characters deter you. These are people who just happen to have fur! Or feathers. Or scales. You get the idea. ^^ Like with other long webcomics, you can watch the artist's talents improve with time. Seriously, this one is definitely worth reading.

Digger by Ursula Vernon
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary: A wombat. A dead god. A very peculiar epic.
length: complete at 773 pages
setting: er...fantasy middle/age-y with some industrial era tossed in for fun. :B
s2m's comments: This comic is visually amazing. Seriously. It is truly wonderful to look at for its power. On the story, I can sum it up nicely: Digger is a realistic and pragmatic wombat who ends up becoming a key player in an epic involving past and current gods, prophetic slugs, a crazy religious disciple, a pack of anthromorphic hyenas, an innocent orphan demon child, and one village healer who is rather tired of patching Digger back together again. Good stuff!

Top 10%!!1! Dumbing of Age: A College Webcomic by David Willis
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Drama; FOC/FOC, FOC/MOC, MOC/MOC; R non-con
author's summary, slightly shortened: ...a webcomic about college freshmen at Indiana University, learning everything about life and themselves usually in the most difficult ways. It stars a Christian homeschooled girl and her atheist best friend, and also a disgraced cheerleader, a misanthrope, a rebel, and a caped vigilante.
length: WIP at ~1400 pages
setting: Indiana, around 2011
s2m's comments: Having enjoyed Mr. Willis' "Shortpacked" webcomic, I was reluctant to try this remix of it and his other older works. At the urging of a friend, I finally did, and I was so very glad. This comic is a testament to fantastic writing and character development. Everyone has a different personality, makes mistakes, has their own agendas--or complete lack thereof. It's fantastic, and a must-read for everyone. Seriously, give it a try!

Girl Genius by Phil & Kaja Foglio
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; FOC/MOC; PG
authors' summary: Adventure, Romance, Mad Science!
length: WIP at 1,851 pages
setting: gaslamp fantasy, which apparently is a lighter version of steampunk
s2m's comments: This webcomic is brilliant, fun, creative, gorgeous to look upon, and always makes me smile. The writing and characterization are magnificent. I can't praise it enough! I LOVE the Jägers, they completely steal the show! X3

Gunnerkrigg Court by Tom Siddell
genre; ship; rating: Adventure, Drama; various; PG
author's summary doesn't exist, so...: Antimony slowly explores her new school-home-city, Gunnerkrigg Court. Its mysteries are slowly revealed to her and her friends, as along the way she meets robots, shadows, fairies, murderous ghosts, and even a god or two.
length: WIP at 48 chapters, 1,360 pages
setting: fantasy world with magic and science, mostly modern technology
s2m's comments: This is one of the most famous webcomics out there, and with good reason! While the art takes some time to improve, the story and characterization is always top-notch. Lovingly told by Mr. Siddell, this webcomic is a must-read for anyone who has yet to try it!

Hot Chicago Weekend, A by The Winter Cynic and The Autumn Poet
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, MOC/MOC, R, almost graphic sex
author's summary doesn't exist, so I wrote one: Luka and Kazuma just want to enjoy each other, but...
length: complete at 11 pages
setting: modern Chicago
s2m's comments: Bahahahaha!! The ending is perfect. XD

Introversion by Luchie
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary doesn't exist, so...: This short webcomic expertly captures what it's like to be a happy introvert. We aren't broken, folks!
length: complete at 6 pages
setting: modern Europe
s2m's comments: Made with adorable art with a limited pallet, this comic really touched me. ^^

Johnny Wander by Ananth Panagariya and Yuko Ota
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; some FOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: Johnny Wander might be about life after college, being a kid, growing up and all the people you meet and all the things that happen in that brave new world. Or it might be about something else entirely.
length: WIP at 86 pages
setting: present-day US, with the odd fictional AU divergence
s2m's comments: 90% autobio and 10% fiction, this webcomic is funny, sweet, and a joy to read. I'm glad I gave it a try! XD

Top 10%!!1! Knite by Wenqing Yan
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; PG
author's summary can't be found, so here's my version: When asked by his little sister who flies the kite-lifted "stars" into the night sky, Sen sets out to find and befriend the reclusive boy behind it all.
length: WIP at 5 chapters, ~500 pages including omake
setting: modern Hong Kong, slightly AU...I hope! D=
s2m's comments: The beauty of this webcomic leaves me humbled and grateful for the talented, generous artists who make their work available online for free. Because DAMN. The story is just as beautiful and delicate as the art. This creator has talent, and I hope she continues to give us all the comics she desires for a long time to come.

Top 10%!!1! Lackadaisy by Tracy J Butler
genre/rating: Adventure, R
author's summary: It's about a gang of tenacious (if not shady) characters running a St. Louis speakeasy in the era of Prohibition. I suppose it falls somewhere in the realm of historical fiction, parody, dark comedy, and abject nonsense.
length: WIP at 134 pages
setting: St Louis in the 1920s
s2m's comments: Jaw-dropping artwork, a very different story, wannabe mobsters, flapper fashion, and insane gun-happy cats! What more could you possibly want??? XD

Less than Epic Adventures of TJ and Amal, The by EK Weaver
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; MOC/MOC; NC-17
author's summary, shortened by s2m: The agreement is simple: Amal does the driving; TJ pays the way - but a 3500 mile journey leaves plenty of time for things to get complicated.
length: complete at 44 chapters, 499 pages
setting: the USA, 2008
s2m's comments: This webcomic reads very true to life. As with most webcomics, you can watch the artist's comicking skills improve--though in this case it isn't the drawing (which is always excellent) but the pacing and actual comic framing. A very good read! ^^ The scene involving Back to the Future won me over. I had such a dopey grin on my face...

Manly Guys Doing Manly Things by "Coelasquid" Kelly Turnbull
genre/rating: Comedy; side FOC/MOC; PG
author's summary: Sometimes this is a comic about macho action heroes. Sometimes this is a slice of life comic about a time traveling Navy SEAL single dad from the nonspecific spacefuture. Really, it just depends on how things were going that day.
length: WIP at 230 pages
setting: modern America
s2m's comments: This webcomic is different from what I normally rec, but the main character is so engaging in his scruffy, down-to-earth way that I found myself reading the archives within a couple days and wanting more!

Menage a 3 by Giz and Dave Zero 1
genre; ship; rating: Comedy, Romance; everything!; NC-17
author's summary: I can't find an official one, so allow me: Gary comes home one day and discovers his two (male) roommates are officially a couple and are moving out of their apartment to live together, forcing Gary to start a frantic search for new roomies so he can cover rent. He ends up finding two very attractive women with wildly different personalities.
length: WIP at 893 pages
setting: modern-day Montreal
s2m's comments: This webcomic has the lucky combination of great writing, engaging characters, shiny art, and regular updates. Kyaaa! When I blazed through the archive I laughed on almost every page. XD I love how Gary and his friends easily show affection for each other. Awwwww. <:D

Namesake by Isabelle Melançon and Megan Lavey-Heaton
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; gen--for now; PG
author's summary, shortened: The story of Emma Crewe, a woman who can visit other worlds. She finds out these are places she already knows - lands made famous through the spoken word, literature and cinema. Her power forces her to act as a protagonist in these familiar stories as she figures out how to get home.
length: WIP at 603 pages
setting: the modern world, Oz, Wonderland, Victorian England, etc
s2m's comments: This webcomic is a delight! Smooth art, a well-developed story, interesting characters, and unexpected twists! Definitely one of the better webcomics out there. C:

Nimona by Noelle Stevenson
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG
author's summary, shortened: Lord Ballister Blackheart takes on a new sidekick, a shapeshifter with her own ideas of how things should be done. Unfortunately, most of those ideas involve blowing things up. Now Ballister must teach his young protégé some restraint while attempting to expose the dark dealings of those who claim to be the protectors of the kingdom.
length: complete at 257 pages
setting: High fantasy plus SCIENCE!
s2m's comments: This charming webcomic is surprisingly deep and very enjoyable. I laughed, I gasped in shock, I was in agony...good stuff here. ^^

No Rest for the Wicked by Andrea L. Peterson
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; none; PG-13
author's summary: One day, the Moon up and disappeared; where it went, or why, none can say. Without the Moon's light to keep them in check at night, monsters, crawling horrors, and other creatures of the dark run rampant throughout the land. But Princess November has much more pressing matters to worry about: she hasn't had a decent sleep in ages.
length: stalled WIP at 271 pages
setting: fairy-tale fantasy
s2m's comments: I know, fairy-tale remixes are common these days. But this engaging webcomic pulls it off beautifully. The art is deceptively simple but good. Wonderful panel layouts, and an expressive style. The pacing is excellent--as good as what you might buy in a bookstore. And the story is wonderful. I've reread this one from the beginning after four years away, and it's even better than I remembered!

Pancakes by Kat Leyh
genre; ship; rating: Drama; spoilery; PG
author's summary: The mini I’ve been working on for a couple weeks now….This started as a word ladder, and the last bit was a total, last minute ending. Because it was fun.
length: complete at 7 pages
setting: apartment in the modern world
s2m's comments: A lovely, quiet drama with delightful art. Now I have that song stuck in my head! XD

Questionable Content by Jeph Jacques
genre; ship; rating: Drama; FOC/MOC, FOC/FOC; Romance, R
author's summary: Questionable Content is an online comic strip that is ostensibly about romance, indie rock, little robots, and the problems people have.
length: WIP at 2,715 pages
setting: modern-day America, I suspect Massachusetts.
s2m's comments: A purely character-driven story, which is why I like it. Marten, Faye, Dora, Raven, and others try to live their lives, listen to indie music, and sell lots of coffee. And then there's Pintsize. Don't let the early art turn you away, as the pages progress, you can watch Jeph's drawing improve before your eyes! It's kind of cool, actually. ^^

Rendez-Vous page 1 2 3 4 by David Gilson
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; MOC/MOC; R
author's summary, SIC: The story features a young dreamer parisian boy who falls in love with a gipsy homeless charming guy.
length: complete at 4 pages
setting: modern Paris
s2m's comments: This comic is as sweet as it is beautiful. Skillfully told without any dialogue or FX! I admit, I'm jealous of Mr. Gilsan's skills...

Self Reflection by chira-chira
genre; ship; rating: Drama; none; G
author's summary: My eight-year-old self was so awesome.
length: one-shot
setting: at the artist's computer desk
s2m's comments: This comic makes me tear up every time I read it. I wonder if my 8 year old self would be like this...

Shortpacked by David Willis
genre; ship; rating: Comedy; everything!; R
author's summary: Toys are serious business.
length: complete at ~2,000 pages
setting: modern-day San Francisco
s2m's comments: If you are a geek, then this webcomic is for you! A cast of geeks doing geeky things, drawn by a guy who isn't afraid to make fun of being a geek himself. Also with the odd hilarious movie parody! XD

Skin Deep by Kory Bing
genre; ship; rating: Drama; various; PG-13
author's summary: Skin Deep was born out of an interest in mythology, folklore, music, world-building, and the idea that things are often more than they seem, and that it is easy to hide secrets when nobody is expecting them.
length: WIP at 415 pages
setting: modern world with a supernatural twist
s2m's comments: This comic is all about the characters. From page one, they are individuals and interesting, and as they and the plot mature along with the author, it just becomes more and more fascinating! This is a comic for people who enjoy stories about people, and exploring a world with an interesting take on just what walks among us. Good stuff! Don't let the early artwork turn you away. Like most long webcomics, it improves over time!

Teahouse by emirain
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance(?), MOC/MOC, side FOC/MOC; NC-17, dub-con
author's summary: no official one, so allow me: The Teahouse is a brothel catering to the rich and staffed with 6 gorgeous escorts--4 of them men. Male and female customers both welcome!
length: WIP at 205 pages
setting: a European(?) city AU with basic electricity but no motorized vehicles just yet. I think.
s2m's comments: This one is flat-out guilty pleasure. Gorgeous art, characters with distinct personalities, and a fun story still in the early stages. The potential is part of its appeal! :3

Templar, Arizona by Spike
genre; ship; rating: Drama; FOC/MOC; NC-17
author's summary, shortened by s2m: Templar, Arizona is a story about a town that doesn’t exist, and the people who live there. This is a slightly irregular Arizona that fell off the back of a truck somewhere, and now all the power outlets are a weird shape and a couple of wars never happened. Templar’s populated with junkies, fuck-ups, pretty girls, millionaires, hockey teams, weird religions, dumb subcultures, and people in love. So it’s a lot like the cities you might already be familiar with, except the air there gives you Miner’s Lung and nobody has a cell phone
length: WIP at 626 pages
setting: present-day Arizona in a slightly off-kilter world
s2m's comments: This webcomic is a glory of subtle storytelling and character development. After I burned through it the first time, I turned around to read it again, and I picked up so much I'd missed before! The artist knows exactly where the story is going and the best path to take to reach it. Amazing world building and character development.

Tripping Over You by Suzana Harcum and Owen White
genre; ship; rating: Drama, Romance; MOC/MOC, side FOC/MOC and FOC/FOC; PG-13
author's summary: Tripping Over You is a love story that addresses the awkwardness that comes from having feelings for someone you shouldn't - especially in the odd mix of drama and humor that is secondary boarding school.
length: WIP at 242 pages
setting: modern UK, somewhere
s2m's comments: This comic is yet another wonderful example of what webcomics can achieve over the (English) printed alternative. Beautiful, expressive art, detailed clothing and backgrounds, distinct personalities for everyone, and a solid story with characters you feel like you know. Well done!

Vampirates by Jones in Space
genre; ship; rating: Adventure; various; R
author's summary: Again, I can't find an official one, so here's my version: A teenager boards the Newfoundland ferry and is sucked into the world of vampires, piracy, and intrigue. (this next bit is by the artist) Yes. Canadian vampire pirates. I know it's hard to take, but work with me. We'll get through this together.
length: abandoned WIP at 261 pages
setting: present-day Canada, with a slight horror influence
s2m's comments: This web comic is well-written, surprising, and full of vampire bishounen. And who doesn't want vampire bishounen?? Rowr! :3 Jones, the mangaka, has a fun sense of humor, too. Here's the link to the archive, since I don't think you can easily reach it from the welcome page any more. :/

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Almost all the stories I read were recced to me--either directly or on a site or blog I ran across--so I am glad to share the joy. ^^ If you know of a fic I might like, feel free to tell me so at slr2moons [at] hotmail {dot} com. Be sure to use a subject like "fic rec for you to try!". I will be glad to read your rec. :D

I would love recs for goodfic from any fandoms above, as well as the following fandoms (Please warn for spoilers!): Avatar (by James Cameron), Basara (by Tamura Yumi), Black Bird (by Sakurakoji), Bloody Jack series (by Meyer), anything from Sarah Rees Brennan's works, Bride's Tale (the manga), Brotherhood of the Wolf, Chrestomanci, Christopher Moore's books, Claymore, Coldest Girl in Coldtown, The Crow (book or movie), Curse of Chalion, Darkest Powers series (by Kelley Armstrong), Disney (any of their full-length animated films), Darkest Part of the Forest, Discworld, DMFA, Donnie Darko, Dramacon, Escaflowne, Finder (by Speed McNeil), Goblin Emperor, Goldfinch, Gungrave, Hana-Kimi, Harper Conelly, Hellsing, High School Debut, Hook, Hot Gimmick, How to Train Your Dragon (movie), Inda (by Sherwood Smith), Itazura na Kiss, Jane Austen's books, Jill Kismet, Kamisama Kiss/Kamisama Hajimemashite, Kim Possible, Leviathan (by Westerfield), Liaden universe, Library Wars, Loveless, LoveCom, Lynburn Legacy, Matrix, Midnight TX, Mighty Ducks (movies), Nana, NCIS:NO, Noragami, Pitch Black, Poison Elves, Please Save My Earth, Psyren, Questionable Content, Redshirts (by Scalzi), S.A., Saiunkoku, Saiyuki, Samurai Jack, Seraph of the End; Shortpacked, Sookie Stackhouse, Spirit: Stallion of the Cimmaron, Star Trek (any version), Star Wars (any version), Strawberry 100%, Summer Wars, Tegami Bachi, Templar AZ, Titan AE, Trigun, True Blood, Utena, Vagabond (by Inoue), Vampire Knight, Van Helsing (the movie), We Were There/Bokura ga Ita, Wish (by Clamp), X Japan, (In other words, anything I've read or watched that I enjoyed. ^^) Crossovers are fine as long as one of the fandoms is mentioned on this page. I am almost impossible to squick, so don't worry if I might find a fic triggery. Original stories are welcome, too! I particularly love fantasy, sci-fi, and historical fiction. Webcomics recs are also great. I especially welcome lesser-known things. ^^ Nothing wrong with the classics or BNF fare, but I know there's so much obscure!fic that deserves to be read. Seriously. I don't care who wrote it or how famous it might be. If I like it, it goes up here! XD

About how I determined my Top 10%!!1!... Basically, if a story slapped me in the face and thundered, "I AM AWESOME! BOW BEFORE MY GREATNESS!" then yeah, it qualified. *laughs* In a more serious vein, it's when a story really amazed me. Maybe it struck a chord in my heart, or it blew my mind, or the author's sheer bravery impressed me, or the plot or characterization is delightfully outside the box, or even changed how I view the world. (I'm not being melodramatic, it's happened.) If you're the author of something I've recced and your work didn't make my top 10%, please don't be hurt. I'm exceedingly picky about what I rec, and that your work made it on this page in the first place means I found it amazing in some way. I decided to mark the top 10% because once I surpassed 300 recs, I thought it would be a good idea to highlight my absolute ultimate-ultimate favorites.

page created March 19th, 2008, last updated November 1st, 2017, total recs = 786


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