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April 30th, 2018

09:31 am: Star Trek - Harnessing Starfire
Harnessing Starfire by Sherza. The Enterprise has a crew unlike any other. They are the best and brightest that Starfleet has to offer, the vast majority of them are painfully young, and they are largely untried. They are led by the most unpredictable and explosive duo that has ever graced Starfleet Command. Alpha and Beta Quadrants are reeling under the after-effects of Nero's second rampage. The Klingon Empire's fleet has been gutted. The Romulans are ominously silent. The shattered remnants of the Vulcans are desperately trying to save their culture and their people. All eyes are on the Enterprise, the boatload of children who succeeded where an entire armada failed. Depending on who you talk to, they are heroes, villains, or ignorant, blindingly lucky upstarts. After their rather explosive beginning, how will the Enterprise and her command crew fare? Kirk/Spock

Status: 25 chapters. Ongoing. Long.

I hated Star Trek Into Darkness so what made me read this fic was the note from the author agreeing with my opinion on it lol. Once assured there would be none of that movie involved, I happily delved into a story which still keeps in touch with lots of other characters besides the crew from Spock Prime to Sam Kirk to the Klingons. The author has a good handle on the characterization of everyone and I loved this view of the Klingons (especially compared to the idiocy that was Into Darkness and remains in ST Discovery). My only complaint would be that the author has an issue with telling, not showing in her writing, especially when she's not on her main plot - for example, there is no need to write a battle from both sides pov when just one would have shown us exactly what was going on. This is a pretty small gripe in a long, cozy fic.

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April 4th, 2018

11:19 pm: Stargate Atlantis - My Home and Native Land
My Home and Native Land by copperbadge. Ronon's friendship with Chuck, the head Gate Tech of the Atlantis mission, leads him to discover the strange and alien ways of Canadians and helps him lay his past to rest.

Status: 5 chapters. Complete.

Ronon does not get enough love in this fandom and I just don't see gen in this fandom that often. Ronon's friendship with Chuck is a joy to read and I enjoy how much fun Ronon has teasing people especially Sheppard.

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January 21st, 2018

11:02 pm: Star Trek - Once More Unto the Breach
Once More Unto the Breach by AnEscapeFromReality. James Kirk was the rudest student Professor Heleine ever taught. He stomped out of the middle of the professor's lecture like he wasn't a mere cadet. Well, the professor was done putting up with him. If he couldn't sit through an expert lecture, then he should give the lecture about Tarsus. That would teach him some respect.

Status: One-shot. Complete.

I am a sucker for good Tarsus fics and this one has an interpretation of Kodos that is unique but fits very well with who we see in TOS. I liked how Kirk dealt with the challenge here as well.

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January 3rd, 2018

11:42 am: Star Wars - A Figment of Mother's Love
A Figment of Mother's Love by Darkmagyk. "Where was she from?" Luke asked. "To have soft hands."Beru frowned, "you know." She considered it, "she never said for sure, but she talked about Coruscant once. So she must have been from some rich, core world.""What was her name?" Luke asked like it was the first time he had heard the story of when Mother and Father came home and Grandma died."Padme."

Status: One-shot. Complete.

Padme deserves to be known and acknowledged by her children so this was lovely to see and slots perfectly into my headcanon.

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August 7th, 2017

09:26 pm: Game of Thrones - Aemon the Dragonwolf series
Aemon the Dragonwolf Series by Sarra Manderly. A series of short stories set after ADWD/Season 6, with a mix of show and book elements. Jon is King in the North, Dany is about to land in Westeros, and the last of the Starks are slowly coming back together. In the meantime, the White Walkers prepare to attack, chaos descends on King's Landing, and Jon Snow discovers his true identity.

Status: 4 stories. One incomplete.

This series is pretty much everything you've been waiting to happen in GOT, all set after season 6 but incorporating some book canon. I wish a bit more of show canon had been ignored tbh but overall, it's great to see things like John finally talking with Howland Reed about his heritage or Petyr Baelish getting some of his comeupance.

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July 2nd, 2017

06:59 pm: Thor/Marvel Universe - All That Matters Series
All that Matters Series by TheAvengersMascot. An AU where Odin saw Loki was heading for trouble and took steps to save him.

Status: 3 complete stories. 1 story ongoing.

It's refreshing to read a story where Odin is a good parent and both Thor and Loki grow up relatively even keeled.

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June 1st, 2017

12:38 am: Guardians of the Galaxy - Awesome Mix Vol. 2, Bonus Tracks
Awesome Mix Vol. 2, Bonus Tracks by Theo Miller. In which grudges are still held, but resolution is on the distant horizon. Also, it's amazing how fast gossip travels when you're stranded on a ship in the wreckage of a planet you just murdered.

Status: One shot. Complete. (possibly part of a series)

Another excellent fix it for the end of GOTG2. Very in character.

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May 31st, 2017

11:37 am: Guardians of the Galaxy - Ain't No Mountain High Enough
Ain't No Mountain High Enough by BeanieBaby. kept him ‘cause he’s small and fits into spaces others can’t. Good for thievin'.It’s the truth because Peter fits perfectly in that gaping black hole inside Yondu’s chest. Too bad he’s too much of a fucking coward to admit it.(Post GotG Vol. 2 Fix-it.)

Status: 4 chapters. Complete.

The fix it you were looking for after GOTG2. Everyone was great but I also loved that Gamora got a chance to shine.

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May 29th, 2017

08:10 pm: Steven Universe - Xenopology
Xenopology by CompletelyDifferent. Connie was used to not having any friends. Two years after getting trapped in a magic bubble, she has plenty- but whether it's her own inexperience or the fact that most of them are literal aliens, it's not always easy. All everyone can do is try their best to muddle through it.

Status: 8 chapters. Complete.

Connie's interactions with various gems feels very true to character and also emphasizes some points that the show has had to gloss over a bit.

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March 4th, 2017

02:02 pm: Rivers of London - Birdcage
Birdcage by Philomytha. When Nightingale disappears, Peter tries to find out what happened to him. But with the London Olympics opening in a few days and a string of magical crimes across the city, he can't afford to let any more major tourist attractions blow up either.

Status: One-shot. Complete. Spoilers for book 4.

An excellent fic that fits right into canon. I liked the way Peter got a taste of what he'd have to do if Nightengale wasn't there.

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December 19th, 2016

12:43 am: Star Wars - The Suns of Tatooine
The Suns of Tatooine by sparklight. Luke ends up on a moon swamped in dark side energy after a mission goes wrong, then his father appears... and then they go on a bit of a learning experience. This could've been the only thing that would come of getting through a Sith complex with his father, but thanks to going to free Han earlier than the gang did otherwise, more revelations are had. Will that change anything?

Status: 3 stories. Complete.

Really great father/son bonding fic which takes into account a lot of canon history and gives credit to Luke for being the Force prodigy that he is. My only regret is that the author ended it before Leia could learn about her father.

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December 16th, 2016

11:37 am: Star Wars - Reprise
Reprise by elfpen. Ben Kenobi dies aboard the Death Star in the year 0 BBY. He wakes up shortly thereafter in the Jedi temple in the year 41 BBY. Haunted by memories and regret, Ben must forge a new path for himself in the Jedi Order of his youth while navigating the murky waters of time travel. Crafting a better future from bitter experience is hard, but learning to heal is even harder. Major AU.

Status: 22 chapters. Complete. Also sequels.

A really interesting take on Obi-wan going back in time as an adult, rather than a padawan. I think Elfpen actually explores very well the differences between clone wars!Obi-wan and desert hermit!Obi-wan. Some great OCs too. Very well written. I look forward to the next fic.

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December 10th, 2016

01:46 am: Star Wars - You Shall Become (Me)
You Shall Become (Me) by jedipati. The Guardian of the Sith Temple doesn’t particularly care for the new breed of Sith, for all that they’ve been around for 1,000 years. But they’re the only Sith the Guardian knows about. Until one day… Alternately, "How to accidentally join the Sith without really trying."

Status: 22 chapters. Complete.

A really funny interpretation of the idea that if you kill a Sith, you become a Sith, no exceptions. Cue Obi-wan - Sith killer- Kenobi and you have a hilarious situation that only gets funnier with time. Also a bonus happy ending. My only complaint would be that Palpatine acted a bit ooc to get to said happy ending but it's a humour fic so it's not as important.

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August 27th, 2016

09:41 pm: Daredevil - The Liars Club
The Liars Club by igrockspock. Matt and Natasha have a lot in common. They have a flexible relationship with the truth, and people who hang out with them might get charged aiding and abetting a felony. Oh, and when they were ten, unscrupulous people trained them to fight in a mysterious war.

Statsu: One-shot. Complete.

It's not often you find good Matt/Natasha fic.

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August 26th, 2016

02:18 pm: Marvel Universe - Thorns for Flowers
Thorns for Flowers by Valkirin. Hawkeye doesn't mind working with Daredevil, really. He's a good guy to know and clearly cares about Hell's Kitchen. Clint Barton would like Daredevil better if the guy was a little less ableist about Clint's hearing loss.

Status: One-shot. Complete.

Great look at how misunderstandings and ableism. Nice reveal fic too.

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June 5th, 2016

09:04 pm: Marvel Universe - Twelve Birds of Christmas
Twelve Birds of Christmas by adi_rotynd. Odin believes Sam Wilson has stolen his ravens. Sam and Steve both have a solution to this problem. Neither of these solutions is well thought out.

Status: 4 chapters. Complete.

This is a very funny, weird little fic. I enjoyed it muchly, and the riff on Twelve Days of Christmas without the usual Christmas trappings. There are background pairings but it's mostly just about friendship and fun. (Also there are some great headcanons by the author in the reviews.)

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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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