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Fandom Category: Princess Tutu
Pairing: Ahiru/Fakir
Fic Title: Frame Story
Author: jibrailis
Link: archiveofourown.org/works/290269
Rating/Warning(s): G, None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, one-shot at 9,718 words
Setting: after the ending
Special Rec: 27/28

Why This Must Be Read: This sweet story contains another complete story within it: the fairy tale Fakir pens to keep Ahiru human. Both stories are interesting and full of charm. ^^

Fandom Category: Princess Tutu
Pairing: Ahiru/Fakir
Fic Title: Etude: Composition
Author: Becca (ryfkah)
Link: archiveofourown.org/works/140671
Rating/Warning(s): G, None
Genre: Comedy
WIP?: No, one-shot at 5,007 words
Setting: after the ending
Special Rec: 28/28

Why This Must Be Read: 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 with other genres make this fic particularly funny, complete with crop-circles, amnesia with convenient timing, and draft notices.

And this concludes my special reccer month! I've had a great deal of fun giving this comm a healthy dose of recs from hand-drawn fandoms--with a little live-action and one book fandom sneaking in. ^^V Thank you to everyone who commented and let me know they enjoyed one of my recs. I've been delighted to hear it!

Special thanks to the mods, who kindly made me TWENTY-ONE new tags this month! (Yes, I counted. ^///^) Their patience is greatly appreciated.

Best wishes to the next special reccer! :D
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Fandom Category: Skip Beat!
Pairing: Mogami Kyoko/Tsuruga Ren
Fic Title: Always With You
Author: leavesfallingup
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/5307219/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, complete at 32 chapters, 64,979 words
Setting: after volume 24
Special Rec: 25/28

Why This Must Be Read: Kyoko and Ren star together in a commercial drama short series together, and their chemistry and the success of the shorts place them even more firmly in the spotlight. Another engaging fic for the fandom's overwhelming pairing favorite! This one's use of Kyoko's amazing ability to become her characters grabbed me. Also I enjoyed the unusual rival for her affections--it's not who you'd think! This fic does have some grammar, canon, and cultural errors, but the story and characterization kept me reading.

Fandom Category: Skip Beat!
Pairing: Kotonami Kanae/Uesugi Hio
Fic Title: Runaway Royalty
Author: leavesfallingup
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/5354835/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, None
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 33 chapters, 79,362 words
Setting: Parallel to Always With You above, it's best to have read that fic first.
Special Rec: 26/28

Why This Must Be Read: Kanae and Hio are cast opposite each other in a period film set largely in Australia. Hio dearly wants Kanae, but there's that troublesome age difference. The author handles the problem in a believable way. ^^ Another engaging drama from this author, complete with all grammar and cultural errors mentioned above. Kanae/Hio fic is truly rare, though, and that is what prompted me to rec this one. The in-fic movie takes over the story on occasion, but it's easy to skim if you grow tired of it. I mean...Kanae/Hio fic!!! *swoons*

Mods, I a ship tag for Kotonami Kanae/Uesugi Hio, please! Thank you. :D
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Four recs in Naruto for Haruno Sakura/various men. :3 )

I'm going away for the weekend, and I've been saving these Naruto recs for the occasion. I'll be back on Tuesday with more het goodness from anime and manga fandoms! X3

Mods, I need ship tags for Haruno Sakura/Rock Lee and Haruno Sakura/Deidara. Thank you, as always!
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Fandom Category: Avatar TLA
Pairing: Katara/Zuko
Fic Title: Enslaved
Author: sharkflip
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/5306755/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, Slavery
Genre: Drama
WIP?: Yes, WIP at 35 chapters, 109,668 words. (The author stated about a month ago in [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets that the story is NOT abandoned.)
Setting: AU from before the series begins
Special Rec: 20/28

Why This Must Be Read: Slave!fic is a fandom trope, but every so often a fic comes along that makes a tired old plot line new again. Enslaved is one of those! Zuko is the slave for Katara. And I have to laugh at how Katara decides to make use of him! My amusement at the premise kept my interest until the plot 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.
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Fandom Category: Honey and Clover
Pairing: Yamada Ayumi/Nomiya Takumi
Fic Title: Cake
Author: canis_m
Link: archiveofourown.org/works/142029
Rating/Warning(s): G, None
Genre: Drama, Comedy
WIP?: No, one-shot at 1,395 words
Setting: after the series
Special Rec: 18/28

Why This Must Be Read: Pretty much everyone in Honey and Clover goes through emotional trauma, and Ayu endures more than her fair share. Her one-sided love for Mayama is difficult to witness through the early volumes...and then the playboy Nomiya enters the scene.

Nomiya became one of my favorite character in H&C, and I did end up shipping him with Ayu. Like canon, this fic is both touching and hilarious.

Fandom Category: Honey and Clover
Pairing: Yamada Ayumi/Nomiya Takumi
Fic Title: Chapter Two
Author: anime_babble
Link: archiveofourown.org/works/411600
Rating/Warning(s): G, None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, short one-shot at 776 words
Setting: towards the end of canon
Special Rec: 19/28

Why This Must Be Read: A sweet and piognant 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*

Mods, may I have another set of fandom and pairing tags? Thank you!
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Fandom Category: Rurouni Kenshin
Pairing: original female character/Saitou Hajime
Fic Title: Terms of Engagement
Author: Tamlin
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/3403925/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, None
Genre: Comedy, Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 12 chapters, 42,627 words
Setting: just before the Meiji Revolution, so 10 years before the series starts
Special Rec: 17/28

Why This Must Be Read: All we know of Saitou's wife in canon is that she exists. In this fic, the author created an engaging woman equal to Saitou's presence, and gave us a romance-novel-style tale of how they met and the shenanigans their romance endured. If you're looking for something fun and light, this one's for you!

It's good to read fic about fascinating side characters. ^^
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Fandom Category: Hana Yori Dango
Pairing: Makino Tsukushi/Domyouji Tsukasa
Fic Title: Comedy of Eros
Author: alianora
Link: archiveofourown.org/works/52701
Rating/Warning(s): PG-12, None
Genre: Comedy, Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 1,049 words
Setting: drama version, after the series
Special Rec: 16/28

Why This Must Be Read: A perfect extension of canon, this fic had me snickering all the way through. Domyouji can be such an arrogant ass, but I (and Makino) love him anyway. ^^

Mods, might I have yet another set of fandom and ship tags, please?
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Fandom Category: Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
Pairing: Snow White/Grumpy
Fic Title: Not Everyone Gets A Happily Ever After
Author: MissusPatches
Link: http://www.fanfiction.net/s/3214478/1/
Rating/Warning(s): G, None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, one-shot at 2,706 words
Setting: after the Disney movie ends
Special Rec: 15/28

Why This Must Be Read: If you've ever wondered about Grumpy's blush when Snow White finally planted that goodbye kiss on him, then you must read this fic. Short, powerful, and DAMN. *wince*

Mods, I need fandom and ship tags, yet again! Thank you. :D
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Fandom Category: Samurai Champloo
Pairing: Kasumi Fuu/Jin
Fic Title: As Lovers Go
Author: Arabesque05
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/3301657/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, None
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No, one-shot at 8,087 words
Setting: begins right before the end of the anime
Special Rec: 14/28

Why This Must Be Read: 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. An excellent example of writing outside the regular narrative box. ^^

Mods, I need yet another set of fandom and ship tags. Thank you! :D
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Fandom Category: Gokusen
Pairing: "Yankumi" Yamaguchi Kumiko/Sawada Shin
Fic Title: Out of the Ordinary
Author: Eruanna17
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/7603875/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, None
Genre: Comedy, Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 17 chapters, 118,963 words
Setting: the first live-action drama
Special Rec: 13/28

Why This Must Be Read: 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 drama progresses. I love to watch his growing attraction to Yankumi. It's done very well! I did not find this retelling of canon boring at all, and the author was not afraid to give us missing scenes nor extend the story past the official end. ^^V Definitely worth a read from all Yankumi/Shin fans!
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Fandom Category: Ranma 1/2
Pairing: Tendo Akane/Saotome Ranma
Fic Title: Hearts of Ice
Author: Krista Perry
Link: www.akane.org/heartsofice/story/ or www.fanfiction.net/s/264446/1/
Rating/Warning(s): R, original character death
Genre: Adventure, Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 26 chapters, 279,662 words
Setting: later in the series
Special Rec: 12/28

Why This Must Be Read: This epic-length Akane/Ranma story is definitely engrossing! Amusingly enough, 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 ended up skimming the final third of the story, looking for plot. Still, it's quite enjoyable. This fic's Ranma can get slightly maudlin, but I felt it worked within the story. Yes, it is a old classic in Ranma fandom, but I'd have never known about it if I hadn't seen it recently mentioned elsewhere, and I'm passing on the love to other fans. ^^
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Fandom Category: Skip Beat!
Pairing: Mogami Kyoko/Tsuruga Ren
Fic Title: Snowfall
Author: kitsuneirei88
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/3901311/1/
Rating/Warning(s): G, None
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 3 chapters, 12,645 words
Setting: after Act 110
Special Rec: 10/28

Why This Must Be Read: Mr. Yashiro's matchmaking actually works for once! In a fandom that is so very 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.

Fandom Category: Skip Beat!
Pairing: Mogami Kyoko/Tsuruga Ren, Kotonami Kanae/Yashiro Yukihito
Fic Title: A Wink, a Poke, a Gentle Shove
Author: MadnessinmyMethod
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/4849656/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, None
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: No, complete at 15 chapters, 42,572 words
Setting: If you know about Princess Rosa, you're good
Special Rec: 11/28

Why This Must Be Read: This is a sweet almost-epic about the fandom's favorite couple, along with an amusing dash of Kanae/Yashiro. Kuu also has a fine appearance! The author does make a few mistakes with honorifics and the movie business, but the fic was enjoyable enough that I can forgive them.

Mods, I need tags for the two pairings, please. ^^
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Fandom Category: Mulan
Pairing: (Fa Mulan, Li Shang)
Fic Title: Sweet Water
Author: wendybyrd
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/284729/1/
Rating/Warning(s): R, None
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No, one-shot at 4,552 words
Setting: later on in Mulan's soldier training
Special Rec: 9/28

Why This Must Be Read: 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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Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: (Kusajishi Yachiru/Hitsugaya Toshiro)
Fic Title: Blue Moon
Author: Empatheia
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/3176700/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, character death
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: No, one-shot at 3,444 words
Setting: after the Soul Society arc
Special Rec: 7/28

Why This Must Be Read: 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!

Fandom Category: Bleach
Pairing: (Inoue Orihime/Ishida Uryu)
Fic Title: Dandelion Fluff
Author: Sweet Danish Yummy
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/2647944/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, none
Genre: Romance
WIP?: No, one-shot at 965 words
Setting: this one is rather timeless
Special Rec: 8/28

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is worth reading for the amazing imagery. It is short, sweet, and beautiful.

Mods, I need a tag for the first ship. TIA!
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Fandom Category: Spirited Away
Pairing: (Ogino Chihiro/Haku)
Fic Title: Natural Selection
Authors: murinae and aishuu
Link: quillofferings.livejournal.com/141072.html or www.fanfiction.net/s/6197726/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG-13, None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, complete at 8 chapters, 31,400 words
Setting: a few years after the film ends
Special Rec: 6/28

Why This Must Be Read: Haku and Chihiro are already married in this fic, but the story isn't all about their romance. Instead, this fic focuses on personal growth and the changing relationships between people...and between gods. The authors have created an interesting and thoughtful tale of Haku adapting to life in the modern world and finding a way to belong once more.

Mods, can I get tags for the fandom and ship? Thanks!
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Fandom Category: Ouran High School Host Club
Pairing: Fujioka Haruhi/Otori Kyoya
Fic Title: It's Not Always Rainbows and Butterflies
Author: TaleWeaver
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/4200575/1/
Rating/Warning(s): None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, one-shot at 1,471 words
Setting: You need to have read through vol 15 or so. Just the anime isn't enough.
Special Rec: 5/28

Why This Must Be Read: The six vignettes that make up this fic give us a fascinating glimpse into the possibilities of Haruhi/Kyoya. 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 and worth a read all on its own. ^^
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Fandom Category: Inuyasha
Pairings: Higurashi Kagome/Inuyasha (main), Sango/Miroku (side), and Rin/Sesshomaru (side)
Fic Title: The Phoenix Blade: Time Lapse
Author: Fenikkusuken
Link: www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_ch.php?id=99650&cid=336081&submit=View
Rating/Warning(s): NC-17, graphic sex, graphic violence
Genre: Adventure, Romance
WIP?: No. Complete monster at 86 chapters, 1,182,069 words
Setting: AU of the Naraku story arc
Special Rec: 3/28

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is an AU with a slightly older Kagome, who also has military training. It's interesting to see what that changes, and what it doesn't. The author has expanded the social aspects of canon, particularly between Inuyasha and his brother. The greatest changes are in the modern world, amusingly enough! This fic is less about fighting and more about characterization. Indeed, watching all the relationships develop and change between the characters is wonderful. Also, it has some amazing sex scenes. I never found them repetitive, and considering how many there are, that's really something. ^^ (For those who might be wondering, Rin is old enough before her and Sesshomaru's relationship turns romantic.)

Fandom Category: Inuyasha
Pairing: Rin/Sesshomaru
Fic Title: Snowbound
Author: Fenikkusuken
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/2760066/1/ or www.mediaminer.org/fanfic/view_ch.php/114245/389099#fic_c
Rating/Warning(s): R, None
Genre: Drama
WIP?: No, one-shot at 21,650 words
Setting: 1996 with reincarnated!Rin
Special Rec: 4/28

Why This Must Be Read: This gripping fic is filled with beautiful winter imagery, and it's written in an informal, introspective first-person style that quickly sucks you in. Story-wise, Rin decides to spend some time alone by house-sitting a mansion on a private island...only she isn't alone. She's sharing the island with a mysterious and rather vicious white dog. I am quite pleased with how Fenikkusuken has written this fic, as the style and subject could easily be boring or outright maudlin. She handles it all with grace to give readers a lovely story!

(Mods, can I get a tag for Sango/Miroku? TIA!)
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Fandom Category: Howl's Moving Castle (book)
Pairing: Sophie Hatter/Howell Jenkins
Fic Title: A Woman True and Fair
Author: The S
Link: www.fanfiction.net/s/2500604/1/
Rating/Warning(s): PG, abandoned WIP
Genre: Drama, Romance
WIP?: Yes, 26 chapters, 115,329 words
Setting: begins in chapter 4 of the book
Special Rec: 2/28

Why This Must Be Read: 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 enough showing in regards to canon, and it can get a little tiring trying to remember what happened in the book. The fic is worth the effort, though!

Yes, it is abandoned (last updated October '07 as of this post), but it is definitely worth a read for all HMC fans. The Welsh info alone is amazing, and the added depth to Howl and Sophie's developing relationship is wonderful. ^^
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Fandom Category: Baccano!
Pairing: Nice Holystone/Jacuzzi Splot
Fic Title: Nice Holystone Remains Unafraid to Throw Herself Into Explosive Situations
Author: ryfkah
Link: archiveofourown.org/collections/yuletide2011/works/298656
Rating/Warning(s): some violence and lots of explosions, but it IS a Nice story...
Genre: Adventure
WIP?: No, one-shot at 13,849 words
Setting: after all 16 eps of the anime
Special Rec: 1/28

Why This Must Be Read: This fic is a delightful and true addition to canon. It has great plotting, allusions to real-life historical events, and a surprising twist to a certain earnest character. In a fandom where every single character is crazy, I enjoyed the added insight for Jacuzzi and Nice's particular brands. The fic is even told in the same timeline-jumping style, only it has welcome headers at the start of each section to tell you when you are. ^^ It also passes the Bechdel Test!


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