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April 23rd, 2016

07:21 pm: X-Men - Lights in the Dark
Lights in the Dark by square_pancake.With Erik's help, Kitty makes sure that their traditions don't die, and neither does hope.

Status: One-shot. Complete.

Set in the Days of Future Past universe and warnings for oblique mentions of the holocaust. This is a rather depressing rec for passover but there's a fragile sense of hope in amongst all the pain. Love the way this lets us look at Kitty and Erik.

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March 22nd, 2016

09:21 pm: Star Wars - For Family
For Family by Nanuk888. What if Vader, wanting to be with his son again, had taken a very different approach after Luke escapes him at Bespin? How far would he go to regain what he has lost?

Status: 25 chapters. Complete.

Naunuk888 and I share a lot of views of the Jedi, the Chosen One and the Force. As such, this was a fun read which incorporates the prequels with the extended universe and goes about it in a unique way. I really appreciate that Leia was given such a great role (rather than it just being the father-son show) and that there was a proper ending.

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February 25th, 2016

11:56 am: Natsume Yuujinchou - Finding Home
Finding Home by darkcyan. On a school trip, between one moment and the next, Tanuma's teacher and about half of his classmates disappear. Everyone must figure out how to deal with this changed world, and the new dangers it has brought with it. Meanwhile, Tanuma wants to believe that Natsume was not one of those who disappeared that day ... but if not, where is he?

Status: 32 chapters. Complete.

This is apocalypitic fic in a weird way in that the first half is quite depressing, but once everyone is reunited, it actually becomes quite hopeful. There are some amazing character moments and revelations of all of Natsume's secrets eventually. Darkcyan brings in a lot of characters you only saw once or twice and it's nice to revisit them. I think the second half of the fic is almost a completely different tone to the first half but it's worth reading the whole thing. My preference would have been more of an explanation of what is one of the most unique apocalyptic events I've ever read, but it's a small flaw in an otherwise excellent fic. Now that it's complete, you don't have to suffer waiting for a new chapter like I did;)

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January 7th, 2016

01:43 am: Star Wars - The Father
The Father by frodogenic. Ten years after ROTS, tormenting nightmares of his unborn child drive Darth Vader to extraordinary measures with unexpectedly drastic consequences. Clearly, experience has taught Darth Vader nothing...

Status: 64 chapters. Long. Complete.

The author of this fic has an excellent knowledge of all the best parts of the original SW extended universe and weaves it all together quite satisfyingly despite pretty much everything happening several years before the movies. I was looking for a good SW fic after the new movie and this hit the spot. Excellent plot and characterization.

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November 8th, 2015

02:14 pm: Merlin - To Be A King
To Be a King by JessieJay13. When Merlin discovers that his father was an estranged prince and he himself is now the only heir to the throne of a magical kingdom, he is forced to leave Camelot for the perils of a royal court. Will Merlin be able to win Arthur's favor again before Morgana launches an attack on a defenseless Camelot? Will he be able to defend his own kingdom at the same time or will all be lost?

Status: 27 chapters. Complete. Author says a sequel is in the works.

So I've been looking for a well-written, finished fic where Merlin is royalty for a very long time, but I think a lot of authors find it hard to deal with reconciling Merlin's destiny to protect Arthur with being a king in a foreign land. JessieJay13 does an admirable job, and solves a lot of the problems in the final Merlin season to boot. It was a pleasure to read.

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October 6th, 2015

11:04 pm: Bleach - To Protect is to Defend
To Protect is to Defend by glacis. Ichigo learns a different lesson when Masaki is killed. He is also much more his mother's son than his father's. He, Uryuu, and Chad band together, and change everything they touch, in both Karakura and the Rukongai.

Status: One-shot. Complete.

In order to tell the story of Ichigo's entire life, this story tells a lot rather than shows, but it does pause in the important places to show us what was happening. Overall, I enjoyed seeing a different version of their world where a couple of people died, but it all still worked out for the better. There are spoilers for the series after the winter war arc fyi.

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July 9th, 2015

12:52 am: Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell - By Bird and Book
By Bird and Book by fourteenpavanes. Norrell calls upon a fairy-summoning spell to revive Lady Pole and ends up getting more than he bargained for. Raven King!Childermass AU.

Status: One-shot. Complete.

Spoilers for the whole book fyi. I knew I wasn't the only reader who had this thought when first reading the book. It's nice to see it realized.

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May 23rd, 2015

01:53 am: Percy Jackson - The In Between Times
The In Between Times by MariaClaire. A collection of missing moments from The Blood of Olympus. Told mainly from the points of view of Annabeth and Hazel.

Status: 10 chapters. Complete.

Do not read this fic if you haven't read Blood of Olympus yet. Otherwise, this is an excellent collection of missing scenes which slots perfectly into the actual book. It was nice to see different combos of people interacting outside of the action.

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March 11th, 2015

01:57 pm: Naruto - Troublesome Timing
Troublesome Timing by frznlights. Shikamaru didn't know if it was time travel or reincarnation. But between memories of the future and having Itachi and Sasuke as brothers, he knew his dreams of a simple life would be impossible. (Or: The best idea I had for motivating Shikamaru to interact with Itachi).

Status: 16 chapters. Ongoing.

This is a bit of an odd premise for a story but Shikamaru and everyone else for that matter are in character, and the story takes some twists that I wasn't expecting. The author occasionally doesn't explain things very well, but her reviewers tend to point it out and it gets explained later. Overall, it's a really interesting read.

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February 20th, 2015

07:27 pm: Naruto - Looking Glass
Looking Glass by Random Flyer. AU. "The village is being attacked," Sarutobi said against his better judgment, he was taking too long as it was, too long away from the front lines. "You are one of the goals of this attack, Naruto, so I'm going to send you somewhere I believe you will be safe."

Status: 20 chapters. Ongoing.

This is such a creative idea for an AU with Naruto being sent to an alternate universe where Minato survived by Naruto and Kushina didn't. Minato is really well written as are most of the others. It's just nice to see such an original plot after so many that follow the events of canon almost to the letter.

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December 28th, 2014

03:05 pm: Discworld - Modern Love
Modern Love by Penknife. It's amazing how the world rarely gets less complicated.

Status: One-shot. Complete.

I was really annoyed by Raising Steam's non-progressive take on gender and queerness for dwarves, so it was nice to find this fic exploring some of things I like to think were going on in the background of Discworld.

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December 20th, 2014

01:19 am: Thor - Road to Nowhere
Road to Nowhere by Min Daae. 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?

Status: Long one shot. Complete.

There's nothing too unusual in the journey Loki and Thor complete here but the characterizations are spot on and this fic endeavours to fix some things the author disliked about Thor 2. And she largely suceeded.

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November 2nd, 2014

06:11 pm: Bleach/Rurouni Kenshin - Fight One to Battle, Fight Two to Kill
Fight One to Battle by Anne Camp/Obi-Quiet. What first called Kenpachi's attention to the red-head was the utter calm. Something about this man told Kenpachi he'd assessed a seasoned fighter. As such, he couldn't wait to fight the brat. Too bad the kid refused to comply.

Fight Two to Kill by Anne Camp/Obi-Quiet. He'd exhausted the rukongai, combed through it as best he could, and he knew he would have to join the Shinigami to continue his search. That didn't mean he didn't dread it.

Status: Two one shots. Complete.

The author of this fic is correct: seeing Ken-chan and Kenshin fight worked very well. I like this thoughtful(ish) take on Kenpachi and Kenshin's effort in the afterlife and the continuation of his beliefs, plus a nice fight at the end, all worked really well.

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October 29th, 2014

02:59 pm: Naruto - The Eyes Have It
The Eyes Have It by Shana the Short. Most people seem to think that developing a doujutsu is a wondrous, unspeakably lucky occurrence. Considering that she now has to deal with an ability she has no idea how to use, family drama, fashion crises, and the world's most rude and vulgar doctor, on top of getting to know her new genin team just after graduation...needless to say, Sakura begs to differ.

Status: 30 chapters. Complete. (Might be sequels in the future.)

It's rare to find a well written fic about Sakura that a) isn't a romance and b) focuses solely on her and her life. This fic is an AU where Sakura has slightly different parents and a developing doujutsu. This leads her to a different team and much better development for her. Also for Shino, Kiba, and Hinata. It's quite entertaining and interesting. I wish there was more to read right now but the author might continue in the future so I live in hope.

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October 23rd, 2014

10:40 am: Bleach - Protege
Protege by blackkat. Yamamoto Genryūsai Shigekuni is a wise and terrifying warrior, the titan who has ruled the Gotei 13 for over a thousand years. But, at heart, he’s an old man who likes his tea prepared a certain way and has a soft spot for talented youngsters. It started with Ukitake and Kyoraku, and his latest fledgling seems to be one Kurosaki Ichigo, substitute soul reaper. (Alternatively, a story in which Yamamoto is a crafty old man, Ichigo grows up to be utterly terrifying, and Aizen doesn’t stand a chance.)

Status: One-shot. Complete.

The summary is a bit misleading because it also is AU because Ichigo's body is dead in this fic. Other than that, it's a teasing fic because it's a lot more satisfying than canon, but not long enough to truly give the idea of Yamato training Ichigo the attention it deserves. For all that, it's a pleasure to read.

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October 6th, 2014

02:14 am: Merlin - Master of Two Servants
Master of Two Servants by Loopstagirl. Morgana's plan didn't go quite right when Arthur arrived to rescue his servant. But what is a king supposed to do when he knows his most trusted friend has been cursed to kill him?

Status: 11 chapters. Complete.

This is such a nice AU version of this episode. I love how much caring Arthur shows for Merlin, and that Arthur is not quite as obllivious as he usually is. Very well done.

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September 23rd, 2014

03:45 am: Merlin - The Order of Avalon: The Emrys Quest
The Order of Avalon: The Emrys Quest by kriadydragon. All Merlin ever wanted was to be a mechanic in peace without anyone giving him grief for the magic he was born with. But his life is flipped upside down when he is sucked into an epic adventure alongside the famous protectors of the realm, The Order of Avalon, as they set out in search of the mysterious Emrys. Magic, mechanical dragons and swashbuckling abounds.

Status: 11 chapters. Complete.

So if you're familar with the show, the reveal of Emrys and what not is not a surprise, but it really is a pleasure to read Merlin set in a steampunk world. I like all the changes, and all though I think a little more time could have been spent on the bottom half of the story, it was well done and left everyone in character (excepting Uther who was more subdued than his canon counterpart).

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September 21st, 2014

10:27 pm: Merlin - The Secrets We Keep
The Secrets We Keep by Feste the Fool. It's not just Merlin. In fact, it's never been just Merlin. Camelot is rife with secrets and, one by one, they are all being exposed. And the Cup of Life is the ultimate McGuffin. Reconciliation story, so AU and strange.

Status: 61 chapters. Complete. 2 sequels and a set of drabbles.

I am such a sucker for revelation fics and while I adore magic reveal fics, it was great to see someone work in all the Arthurian legend to reveal a bunch more secrets. So much so that Merlin's secret got tacked on at the end, though it is addressed in the sequels. This is a pretty light hearted story which corrects some of the problems of canon. Enjoy.

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September 14th, 2014

10:43 pm: Thor - A Moment's Hesitation
A Moment's Hesitation by FireflySummer. Loki has made some long bets in his time, but never before has he so desperately hoped to lose. Unfortunately, Thor never has been best at reading his brother. Or, a story in which Odin isn't a bad parent, Loki reacts to the truth of his ancestry constructively, and things still get screwed up.

Status: 5 chapters. Complete.

This story starts off a bit confusing and is a little more angsty than I'd like, but I really like how it dealt with Thor and Loki's character growth, and it has a great ending.(Attempted suicide tw fyi).

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03:33 pm: Thor - Elephants Galore & Shooting Feet
Elephants Galore by AntaresTheEightPleiade. In which Odin is cryptic, Frigga makes a friend, and Thor just wants to know what's going on. AU in which Loki does not go nuts.

Shooting Feet by AntaresTheEightPleiade. In which Thor still doesn't know what's going on, Volstagg does not actually apologize, and Loki just wants these morons out of his room. AU in which Loki does not go nuts. Sequel to Elephants Galore.

Status: 2 one-shots. Might be a sequel eventually.

Thor's confusion and pov for the first story work really well. I was smirking through most of the fic, and it was nice to see a Loki AU which wasn't crazily over the top. I also like Thor being banished for a longer period of time. The second fic is more depressing because it shows how deep rooted racism and prejudice is in Asgard and that Loki really is on his own even if Thor and his 'friends' are concerned. I hope there's a third fic eventually where Thor learns the truth and goes the long way towards fixing his actions and thoughts.

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